Vogue's Musigny vineyard

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé is one of the top producers in Chambolle Musigny, along with J.F. Mugnier and G. Roumier. Owning a share of the best three vineyards of Chambolle Musigny, Le Musigny, Les Amoureuses and Bonnes Mares. Vogüé certainly has no shortage of top terroir in Burgundy.

Vogue Bourgogne Blanc

Comte Georges de Vogue is the only producer who owns Chardonnay vines in Le Musigny, owning a mere 0.65 hectares of chardonnay vines in Musigny. Due to replanting in 1987, 1991, and 1997, and the average age of the chardonnay is below 25 years old. François Millet believes that vines younger than 25 years old are unworthy of the Musigny title, hence Comte Georges de Vogue declassified their Musigny Blanc to Bourgogne Blanc between 1994-2014. In 2015, the average of the chardonnay vines are 25 years old, and they have made their first Musigny Blanc in 2015 since 1993.

Bourgogne Blanc 1999

1999 Vogue Bourgogne Blanc is fully mature and it is has an intense and complex aromas that is way beyond any Bourgogne standard. Smoky flints, bee wax and touch of sherry aromas. Great acidity and elegant structure, something more deep and serious on the palate. An intellectual Bourgogne Blanc. (92/100)

The second bottle of 1999 Vogue Bourgogne Blanc impresses me even more! Fresher than the other bottle I had recently. Subtle and complex nose of yellow fruits, smoked stone and nuts. Gentle floral creaminess with beautiful minerality. (93/100)

Bourgogne Blanc 2003

Ex-Domaine bottle. Bottled in Jan 2005. The 2003 Bourgogne Blanc offers a maturing nose of ultra-ripe apricot & tropical fruits, butterscotch and mild honied rancid butter. Rich and full on, premier Cru weight with glossy texture. Not much acidity (resembles 2005), a bit clumsy. If tasted blind, I would call this a Northern Rhone white than anything near Chardonnay. (86/100)

Bourgogne Blanc 2004

Creamy, deep yellow-red fruit tone with serious mineral backbone. Maturing slowly. Great body and acidity, close to Grand Cru weight (a few called Grand Cru/Premier Cru called in blind). A good reflection of the Musigny terroir, but I feel it is not as energetic as it should, definitely not premox or corked, but the subtlety is not quite right. (90/100)

Bourgogne Blanc 2010

Vogue Bourgogne Blanc 2010 was surprisingly generous and lavish. This declassified Musigny clearly showed the inherent powerful brightness of this terroir – round and generous. Clean and refined, bright and toasty mineral with supple layer of cream and Indian spices. Young with generous body, very rounded and exotic. A distinctive spicy wet stone tone that I find in Musigny Chardonnay. Stepping into its drinking window. Bourgogne on the label with premier cru quality. (91/100)

Bourgogne Blanc 2012

The 2012 Bourgogne Blanc is very delicious already today. Creamy leesy texture wit Cote de Nuits cooler-steely minerality, expansive on the palate. Ripe tree fruits, white pear with supple wood spices. Lovely Premier Cru weight knocking on Grand Cru doors. Young and inviting. Drink this over the next 20 years. (91/100)


Vogue Musigny Blanc

There are no records of when the first chardonnay vines were planted here in Le Musigny, but there were records of Musigny Blanc produced by Vogue in 1930. The Vogue Musigny Blanc is a special wine, it is the only Grand Cru white wine in Cote de Nuits. The chardonnay comes from two separate vineyards, both are on the high altitude of Musigny, approximately 0.65-0.66 hectares of vines. The average production is 180 cases.

Musigny Blanc Grand Cru 1993

A privilege to drink 1993 Vogue Musigny Blanc, 1993 is the last vintage of Musigny Blanc, and only 75 cases were made. From 1994-2014, the Chardonnay from Musigny plot were downgraded to Bourgogne Blanc. Musigny Blanc has the ‘wow factor’ that the Vogue Bourgogne Blanc 1999 doesn’t quite have. Richer and more focused with notes of nuts, rich minerals of ratafia, dried white flowers. Fully mature with great ripeness. True Grand Cru class with purity and precision on the palate. Ex-Domaine bottle. (95/100)


Vogue Chambolle Musigny Village

The Vogue Chambolle Musigny village wine comes from a few Chambolle Musigny village vineyards (1.81ha in total), Les Porlottes, Les Jutruots, La Taupe. The average age of the vines are 40 year old, and 13-14% of the Chambolle Musigny wine comes from Premier Cru Chambolle Musigny vineyards, Les Baudes (0.13ha and average 62year old vines) and Les Fuées (0.15ha and average 53 year old vines). The average production is 500 cases.

Chambolle Musigny 1999

Comte De Vogüé Chambolle Musigny 1999 is one of the most impressive Chambolle Musigny village wines I’ve tasted. It’s almost 18 years old and it has just stepped into it’s drinking window, very impressive! One of the reasons for its superior quality is the vineyards, 13-14% of this village wine came from two well-known Premier Cru vineyards (Les Baudes and Les Fuées). It’s bright and sappy, lovely subtle oak spices and strawberries and red currant. Feminine playful character, a fine village wine. (88/100)

Chambolle Musigny 2003

The Chambolle Musigny 2003 is maturing and is drinking at peak today. Jammy red cherry, tertiary nose of dark plums, forest floor and underbrush after cleaning an old barrel. Easy drinking without much finesse. Low-pitch spices on the finish. (83/100)


Vogue Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru

Things get interesting here with this Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru wine.. The Vogue Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru is officially a Grand Cru Musigny, it is composed of 100% Musigny grapes from young vines (less than 25 years old). In 2015, Vogue has about 1 hectare of young vines in Musigny Grand Cru, and the average production of this ‘young Musigny’ is 800 cases.

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 1999

Vine age matters a lot, especially in Burgundy. The Vogüé Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru and Musigny is the perfect example. The Premier Cru is ripe, intense, gorgeous to drink with a refined body. Whereas Musigny is on steroid, unforgivingly deep and tasted like a barrel sample in en Premier! This is two gears more intense and deeper than the 1999 Vogue Chambolle Musigny village. Sappy dark fruits, great structure for the long haul. (92+/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2000

Tasted blind – Sweet spices, sappy red cherry fruits and wood toast, 1er Cru weight and complexity with charming summer flowers, juicy earthy raspberry and elegant structure. Lovely sweet raspberry tannins and earth that reminds me of Chambolle Musigny. Young but less mellow than wine 1 (The 2002 Bonnes Mares). Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru? 2011/ 2008? (90/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2003

The Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru 2003 is a huge step up in quality from the Chambolle Musigny village. Not a surprise as Vogüé Chambolle 1er Cru comes from the young vines of Musigny. Dark and brooding blackberries, cherry cola, scented spicy summer flowers. Full bodied, chubby, slightly cloying on the palate. Grand Cru weight but overriped in my opinion. (88/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2004

Tasted blind – Very concentrated Burgundian nose, rich in depth Grand Cru quality. Superb elegance, very refined. Perfumed floral nose, dark cherry, forest strawberries, slight savoury touch and long long finish. Sturdy, not green, with underlying minerals. (90-91/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru 2008

This baby Musigny is less than half the price of their Musigny, offers a good picture of the Musigny terroir. Subtle & deep perfumes, a bit restrained and needed a quick decant. Sweet transparency of Chambolle and mineral. Needs a few more years of ageing. (90/100)


Vogue Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru Les Amoureuses

Picture from vin-direct.nl

Comte Georges de Vogue owns the prime plot of Les Amoureuses(no.2 in picture above), right below Musigny separated by a small road. Vogue only owns a mere 0.56 hectare of vines in Les Amoureuses, and the average age of their plot is 40 years old. The Vogue Les Amoureuses is their rarest wine of their holdings, only an average of 200 cases produced each year. Only 112 cases produced in 2015.

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 1987

Les Amoureuses is one of my favourite vineyards in Burgundy. It is a Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru that is sensual, refined and regal. Les Amoureuses may not have the power of Musigny but it has a refinement and delicacy of the finest Burgundy.

This 1987 Vogue Les Amoureuses possess a gorgeous Chambolle fragrant. It is flirtatious, high in purity, and carries a deep-dark fruit inner-core, lovely perfumes and energy. Some violets, crunchy fruits and autumn floor. The most playful wine of Burgundy. (95/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 1999

Les Amoureuses is of Burgundy’s greatest mythical wines. Located in Chambolle Musigny next to the almighty Musigny, it deserves to be promoted to Grand Cru. Les Amoureuses is something very special, it has the concentration and depth of Bonnes Mares, and offers much more beguiling ethereal fragrance. Sexy premium oak spices, intoxicating array of flowers. Delicate yet focused. Pure with great clarity of flavours. Very flamboyant and flirtatious. Great length and delicate character. Sensational! (95++/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 2003

The Chambolle Les Amoureuses was my favourite wine from Vogüé in 2003 (normally I prefer their Musigny but their Musigny was overripe in 2003). No acidification. Perfumed bouquet of intense dark fruits, cranberries, jammy cherry, old barrel scents and vivid perfume. Grand Cru weight with great length and scented inner-core. Great length and flows down easily. Drink over the next two decades. (92-93/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses 2012

I believe Vogue wine needs more time than other producers. Incredible power and flirty aromas on the nose. Backwards, brutally young but potent. Will be amazing. Needs twenty to thirty years to unfold the Vogue power and Les Amoureuses sophistication. (95/100)


Vogue Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru

Vogue owns 2.66 hectares of vines in the Southern end of Bonnes-Mares (the Chambolle Musigny side), the soil is more red clay than limestone compared to the Morey-St-Denis side of Bonnes-Mares. The average age of their plot is 43 years old, the average production is 600 cases.

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1969

Exceptional vintage 1969 Bonnes Mares Vogue is a charmer. Mellow fragrant, wild cherry touch of orange, black tea, some gentle and charming sweetness but not much opulence. Ginger biscuit, cedar wood, Mineral backbone on the palate, ‘malty’ on both the nose and palate. Pleasing finish. Overall a very good- fine wine, but missing some power. Not concentrated considering 1969 was rated as an excellent vintage, no control yield back in the days? Fully mature but no rush in drinking them soon. (90/100)

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1996

Tasted blind – Mysterious Burgundy that is charming on the nose with sexy edges?! Could it be Comte de Vogue? Beautifully evolved flavours of dried rose petals, sweet spices and supple dark fruits. Silky texture. Drinking very well today without decanting. Still has some backbone inside for more ageing. (93-94/100)

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 1999

Vogue Bonnes Mares 1999 sang tonight, the terroir speaks really loudly. Deep and brooding, black and linear that makes people think deep into the wine. The dried herbs and rich structure that is more Morey than Chambolle, none of the wildness of Chambolle. Powerful and deep, still needs another decade of ageing. Stunning wine with great poise. I couldn’t believe that Vogue eliminated 50% of healthy crops in 1999! Showing how abundant the yield was in that vintage.
Drink from 2027. (94-96/100)

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2000

2000 is not exactly a merit vintage for red Burgundy, Pinot Noir from this vintage tend to be light and straightforward. This 2000 Vogue Bonnes Mares is maturing fairly fast. Fortunately Vogue dropped the excess buds after flowering to keep the yields before 30hl/ha, some producers made some diluted wines in 2000. Charming dark berry fruit and gamey berry. Forward. Rigid structure of Bonnes Mares with soft tannins. Lovely to enjoy this now while it is showing the sweet Vogue scents. (90/100)

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2002

Vouge at its best. Vogue floral tones and complexity, nicely laced fruits, powerful. Very perfumed and well-balanced. Vogue doesn’t always sing but this 2002 is tremendously impressive. Focused on the palate, intense with vibrant fruits and minerality in the finish. Beautifully long and fragrant finish. Energetic. Drinking well now, could could really benefit with another 2 decades of ageing I reckon. Great potential! (94-95/100)

Bonnes Mares Grand Cru 2003

The Bonnes Mares 2003 offers a dark and dense array of black fruits, coffee beans, roasted herbs and new oak spices. Ultra-full bodied and intense, blackberry concentrate with a shot of expresso. An iron first with velvet glove. Intensity of 2005 combined with 1999. Not as floral as Les Amoureuses. (90-91/100)

Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru 2008

Attractive for a young Vogue – great purity and drive. Soft and elegant nose of sweet mixed berries, candid strawberries. creamy. Good grip but missing some depth. Very different from Musigny plot, doesn’t have much Grand Cru flair. Bonnes Mares is one of the overpriced Grand crus. Can treat it as a good Premier Cru instead. Not the best value wine of all the Comte Georges de Vouge. Their Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru is almost just as good as Bonnes Mares and it’s about 30% cheaper. (93-94/100)


Vogue Musigny Grand Cru

Comte Georges de Vogue is the largest owner of Musigny, owning 70% of the entire Musigny. Vogue owns 7.42 hectares of Musigny, with 4.49ha in Les Petits Musigny and 2.93ha in Les Musigny. The average age of the vines that goes into the Musigny Grand Cru are 46 years old. The average production is 850 cases, but it is on the rise as the vines get older and more grapes ends up in the Musigny and less grapes are declassified. 1100 cases of Vogue Musigny was made in 2015.

Vogue’s Musigny plot drawn around in red

Musigny Grand Cru 1971

This 1971 Vogue Musigny was fairly recently rated 100 points by James Suckling. is showing a beautiful succulent red cherry aroma of a classic Musigny, classically sweet Grand Cru Burgundy backbone. Vogue wines need a long cellaring time before revealing its charm. This 1971 Musigny exhibits a gorgeous nose with a clear and transparent backbone, stunning freshness. Ripe tannins, strawberries, mellow gamey and black tea tones. The balance is nothing but perfect. (96/100)

Musigny Grand Cru 1988

This 1988 Comte de Vogue Musigny is drinking beautifully now. It is beautifully evolved despite showing so much youth and potency. Great concentration and power. Sweet Musigny savoury earth and spices. Burgundy had drought in 1988, but grapes had superb concentration and backbone drive to last for decades. Very young and powerful. Latent energy with subtle herbs. Intense yet powerful. (93-95/100)

Vogue Musigny 1989

Served blind by Jean-Luc Pépin from his ex-Domaine stock. Elegant nose of red berries, fragrant cherry, clean forest floor and mild meaty core. Mellow tannins with muscular backbone (Vogüé style). Good ripeness and acidity without any signs of heat, most likely from a classic vintage like 1993 or 1997. Good premier Cru weight with charming fruits. 1993 Les Amoursuese? (93/100)

Musigny Grand Cru 1999

The 1999 Vogue Musigny is like a Les Amoureuses on Steroids!! Vogue Musigny 1999 is the epitome of the ‘iron fist in velvet glove’. At 17 years of age, it tasted like it has just been bottled! Freshness is comparable to 2005 top Grand Cru, with a tad more 99 sophistication. Ribena concentration with pure blackcurrant extract, pomegranate, violet, minerality backbone. Drop dead gorgeous aromas and potency. A muscular baby, more fragrant than the Bonnes Mares 99. Incredible aromas that really stick with you. Drink from 2032. (97-98/100)

Musigny Grand Cru 2003

Tasted blind – Lush sweet dark berries, juicy plums and pomegranate on steroids. There’s an earthy underbrush tone that I always (wrongfully) refer to Gevrey Chambertin. Rich and voluptuous with deep gravel notes and smoked spices. Good energy and definitely Grand Cru weight. Full bodied and weighty on the palate but a bit all over the place. Rich, rounded and chewy, hints of leather on the finish. Gevrey Chambertin Grand Cru 2009? (91/100)

Ex-Domaine bottle. The Musigny 2003 is an absolute beast, flexing Musigny muscle. Dense jammy fruits of blackberries, dark plums and sweet black cherry. Incredibly rich and full bodied. Scented fruits yet more reserved than the Premier Cru (Musigny young vines). Young and took some time to show in the glass, clearly it is ageing very slowly. Same with the last bottle I had, I still find this overripe towards the finish and lack refinement of Musigny. (91-92/100)

Musigny Grand Cru 2008

2008 Vogue Musigny is brutally rich and concentrated, sophisticated, beautiful densely layered. Very ambitious tannins and muscular backbone, big potential. Young but showing minor signs of prematurity like many 08 reds. I am not 100% sure whether this 2008 Musigny has the potential to age for decades, time will tell. (94/100)

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