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Nearly Perfect Comte Georges de Vogüé 2012 Musigny Vieilles Vignes
September 20, 2018
A Note from Sergio

There are old wine producers, there are ancient wine producers, and then there's Burgundy's Comte Georges de Vogüé. Many vignerons can trace their lineage back for a couple of hundred years, but Comte Georges de Vogüé can track its roots through twenty generations and more than 550 years to its founding in 1450. An American wine audience can have a hard time comprehending what that means--no fault of Americans, whose 390-year history begins at Plymouth Rock--but when you've been making wine on the same lands for centuries, that dirt, those vines, that tradition gets in your blood. Burgundy isn't just something that Comte Georges de Vogüé makes; Burgundy is what Comte Georges de Vogüé is.

Beyond being simply very old, Comte Georges de Vogüé is unique in that all of its holdings are in grand cru appellations, and its almost 18 acres in Le Musigny, Burgundy's most prized cru, are very, very special. A man given to poetic expression, François Millet, Comte Georges de Vogüé's winemaker, waits until the estate's Musigny vines reach at least 25 years of age to use its fruit in the estate's Musigny VV Grand Cru (he uses fruit from younger vines for its Chambolle Premier Cru) because he believes that a vine has to be mature to carry terroir. To explain this choice, Millet says, "I consider myself the interpreter. I haven't written the music, but I must interpret it."

Today, I'm excited to announce that I managed to score a new allocation of Comte Georges de Vogüé's stellar 2012 Musigny Vieilles Vignes, presented in both normal-sized and magnum bottles. 2012 was a crazy growing year in Burgundy, but it ended in a very small harvest of outrageously concentrated, balanced berries, and today's '12 Musigny Vieilles Vignes is indescribably beautiful. It's intense, yet it's restrained. It bursts with sweet fruits, yet it sings with savory terroir. It's refined, yet it holds a streak of wildness. Words can't contain this Comte Georges de Vogüé wine. The best thing you can do is be silent and appreciate its inexpressible beauty.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Time Sensitive Offer: The Cinderella Beauty of Comte Georges de Vogüé '12 Musigny Vieilles Vignes
2. Wine Events: Upcoming September Wine Tasting Events

My Best,

Sergio Esposito