2021 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, Chambolle-Musigny, Burgundy, France
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2021 Jacques-Frédéric Mugnier, Chambolle-Musigny, Burgundy, France

We come together around the idea of saying “yes”: A small word that contains everything.

Frédéric Mugnier’s family has been making wine in Burgundy since the 1800s, but his first career was as an oil engineer. Since returning to the family business, his approach to farming and vinifying is heavily influenced by his scientific background. He hasn’t used industrial fertilizer since 1986 or herbicide since 1990, but he’s skeptical of labels like organic and biodynamic. 

“Organic forces you to caricature and to make rigid decisions,” Frederic says. “My job as a wine grower, as an engineer, is to make choices among solutions that all have down sides.” His priority is always a pure expression of nature in the glass, unimpeded by ideology.

Chambolle-Musigny is sourced from two plots of vines, planted anywhere between 1952 and 1998. Continually prized for its ethereal aromatics—bursts of tea roses, raspberry leaf, orange zest, and baking spice—and long, mineral finish, the 2021 vintage is particularly velvety in texture, with a superdose of dazzling floral notes in the bouquet. Frederic’s wines are highly sought-after to begin with, but the spring frost this vintage allowed for only 25% of a typical yield. A liquid masterclass in elegance, truly taught by a master.

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