By Maison Joseph Drouhin
2009 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France
The revered 2009 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin stands as a testament to the exceptional conditions presented by the 2009 vintage in Burgundy. A year that awarded investors and connoisseurs with wines of both power and finesse, it is a chapter in the vintner's almanac that beckons extensive discourse. The journey through Burgundy's storied landscapes and climatic twists finds eloquent expression in this captivating vintage.
A Vintage of Substance: 2009 Musigny's Investment Merits
Investment in fine wine requires an astute understanding of vintage variation; the 2009 Musigny elucidates this with grandeur. Harvested under an auspicious Burgundian sun, the grapes attained optimal ripeness, bestowing the wine with a balanced structure that marries intensity with elegance. It is precisely this equilibrium that renders the 2009 vintage not only enchanting to the palate but also a compelling asset in one’s investment portfolio.
An Embodiment of Terroir
In an illustrious display of terroir, the 2009 Musigny resonates with an aromatic complexity that's uniquely crafted by Maison Joseph Drouhin’s masterful touch. Laden with a spectrum spanning from ripe red fruits to whispers of earthy undertones, this vintage captures the quintessence of its provenance. Its persistence on the palate signifies a longevity that promises further evolution, an attribute highly valued by those seeking investment depth.
Evidence of meticulous vinification is woven through each sip – a vibrant acidity and silken tannins support layers of flavour that unfold with each moment decanted. The narrative of 2009’s benevolent climate is eloquently told through its lingering finish, a memoir of the season’s warmth and nourishment.
In summary, the 2009 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin is a vintage that not only articulates the nuanced intricacies of its region but stands as an influential chapter for fine wine investors. As the years unfurl, collectors will undoubtedly revel in its maturation, making it a paramount addition to any discerning portfolio.
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Scores and tasting notes
The 2009 Musigny possesses dazzling aromatic complexity. This is a totally seamless, silky wine that fully captures the essence of its hallowed origins. It is beautifully nuanced throughout, with rose petal, spice and licorice overtones that add complexity and class. The finish is substantial and impeccably balanced. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2039. Drouhin farms 75 hectares of vineyards according to biodynamic principles. Maceration and fermentation lasts about three weeks. The wines are then racked into oak in a cold part of the cellar to slow down the malos, although in 2009 they were entirely done by December. The estate leaves the wines on their lees for several months with one racking, or two if needed, prior to being assembled for bottling. New oak ranges from 25% for the entry-level wines to 50-65% for the grand crus. Veronique Drouhin thinks the 2009s will stay open throughout their lives, much as the 1985s have. All of these 2009s were bottled between early December, 2010 and January, 2011. Importer: Dreyfus Ashby & Co., New York, NY; tel. (212) 818-0770
Antonio Galloni - The Wine Advocate, 1 May 2011