Maison Joseph Drouhin   Musigny

2016 Musigny

By Maison Joseph Drouhin

2016 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin, Burgundy, France

In the resplendent quilt of Burgundy's revered crus, the 2016 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin emerges as a tapestry where mastery and nature intertwine. A year that tested the resolve of even the most experienced vignerons, 2016 in Burgundy was a vintage punctuated by contrasts: a tale of frost beset beginnings, yet concluding with an Indian summer that bestowed an unexpected grace upon the patient. Within this context, the Musigny vineyards, under Maison Joseph Drouhin's meticulous stewardship, have yielded a vintage emblematic of resiliency and splendor.


Delving into the 2016 Musigny Distinction

The deft response to climatic challenges has set the 2016 Musigny apart, etching its story not just in annals but also in its profound depths. Through adversity emerged a limited harvest; however, it bore fruit reflecting such intricate layering and vibrant complexity that it has become a beacon for investors in fine wines. In its youth, one is greeted with an intricate bouquet boasting ripe cherries and dark berries enlaced with whispers of violet and an underpinning minerality.


The Angel's Share: A Connoisseur's Prize

On the palate, this 2016 vintage serenades with elegance over power—a ballet of structured tannins pirouetting with fluid acidity. It is a wine envisaging longevity; its potential for evolution in the bottle is significant. Not merely a testament to Maison Joseph Drouhin's renowned vinicultural acumen but also to nature's benevolence where often from strife springs beauty. Patience will reward those who cellar this Musigny, allowing it time to unfurl its myriad complexities.

For collectors and investors alike, the hallmark of any notable acquisition rests in exclusivity and potential return on investment — attributes found profoundly rooted in the 2016 Musigny from Maison Joseph Drouhin. The vintage stands out for its rarity and remarkable adaptability to nuanced growing seasons. It is precisely this distinct provenance that endears it to connoisseurs seeking diversity for their portfolios while anticipating the wine's maturation journey. In choosing the 2016 Musigny, one secures not just a sublime addition to their collection but an artefact of resilience manifested in vinous form.

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The 2016 Musigny Grand Cru was picked on 29 September with 30% whole cluster. It remained quite introverted in my glass despite vigorous coaxing, with woodland and fern infusing the red berry fruit, a little static and less flamboyant than maybe the best Musignys. Holding something back for later? I think so. The palate is well balanced and seems to shrug off the travails of the growing season more than the nose, thanks to its gorgeous, pure black plum and blackcurrant fruit and the spicy, black pepper and clove note furnishing the sustained finish. This is an impressive Musigny that will unequivocally age in consummate style.

Neal Martin - The Wine Advocate, 29 December 2017

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