By Maison Joseph Drouhin
2002 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
The heralded vineyards of Burgundy have been the birthplace of many a legendary vintage, but there are few that capture the imagination and allure of connoisseurs as the 2002 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin. An epic year for Burgundy reds, the 2002 vintage stands out as a year of balanced weather patterns resulting in exceptionally ripe and healthy grapes across the region.
A Testament to Terroir and Time
Reflecting upon the 2002 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin, it quickly becomes apparent that this vintage encapsulates the quintessential virtues of its celebrated terroir. A poised ballet of complexity and elegance, it reveals layers of earthy undertones and vibrant red fruits—a symphonic medley orchestrated by an exceptionally dry and sunny August that year. The precision in vinification and the damp, cool conditions prior to harvest have imbued this particular Musigny with a captivating freshness, underpinning its rich berry notes.
An Exemplary Year for Investors
For fine wine investors scouting for investable Burgundies, the 2002 vintage bears significant merit. The illustrious Maison Joseph Drouhin's deft touch is evident in the velvety texture and the poised structure of this Musigny. Not surprisingly, with such a fêted vintage comes impressive potential for cellar maturation—this is a wine assuredly poised for longevity. The market demand for this resplendent offering means that acquisition should be both swift and astute.
Delving into the glass, one finds an intricate tapestry woven with sensual tannins and a chorus of cherry, raspberry, infused with subtle whispers of spice and vanilla. Soft rose petal aromas provide an ephemeral flourish to the olfactory narrative—a metamorphosis that denotes not only years but decades of careful crafting.
In summary, it’s not without substantial justification that the 2002 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin garners keen attention from collectors and epicureans alike. Its impeccable provenance, aligned with a stunning execution—a hallmark of Maison Joseph Drouhin—renders it a most compelling proposition for any discerning portfolio. As each year passes, its narrative grows richer, promising to unfold with greater complexity for those patient enough to witness its evolution.
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Scores and tasting notes
The floral 2002 Musigny came across as high-toned, tightly-wound, and appeared colder than any of the others (yet was at the same temperature). Possibly caught on a bad day, it displayed appealingly juicy and pure red as well as black fruit flavors yet was firm and acidic. In fairness, readers should know that Mme. Jobard was taken aback by how it performed, stating she’d never witnessed it acting in this manner. Judgment reserved. Importer: Dreyfus Ashby, New York, NY; tel. (212) 818-0770
Pierre Rovani - The Wine Advocate, 29 June 2004