Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé is by far the largest owner of Musigny – they own more than 7 ha equivalent to almost 70% of this magnificent grand cru located just north of Chateau Clos de Vougeot.
Musigny is to a large extend Comte de Vogüé and the Comte de Vogüé name is very much linked to this vineyard, although it’s a serious offence to miss out on the other wines from this fine Domaine.
The Comte de Vogüé holdings are very extensive and dates several centuries back … so lets take a closer look at the Musigny holdings of Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé.
Musigny – the three sections
The Musigny vineyard has three sections … Les Musigny or Grands Musigny – the main and northern part of the vineyard. Les Petits Musigny – just south of Les Musigny – a monopole owned by Comte de Vogüé. Lastly we have the extension of the vineyard with a plot in the climate La Combe d’Orveau (added to Musigny in 1929 and 1989) – see map below.
The Comte de Vogüé holdings on Musigny
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé is the only estate that owns plots in more than one section of the Musigny vineyard – as they are monopole owners on Les Petits-Musigny and own 50% of Les Musigny.
The map below show the holdings in both Les Petits Musigny and Les Musigny. The holdings in Les Musigny is somewhat fragmented – and in total Comte de Vogüé own 6 plots on the Musigny vineyard.
The total area of these plots are 7.4208 ha – with 4.4935 ha in Les Petits Musigny and 2.9273 in Les Musigny. These figures are from the official cadastre records – and is slightly higher than other sources.
Historic holdings of Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé
The estate was founded around 1450 – read the full story of the domaine here – and while the Vogüé name first entered the domaine history in 1766, the domaine has been a dominant owner in Musigny as far back as my records and sources goes.
Strangely enough Lavalle1(1855) does not mention Comte de Vogüé among the owners on Musigny or Les Petits Musigny. This is clearly an error on Lavalles behalf … and a quite substantial one too.
Danguy and Aubertin2 mention Comte de Vogüé as one of the principal owners on both Les Petits Musigny and Les Musigny in 1892 – but they also mention other owners on Les Petits Musigny – thus indicating that some plots on Les Petits Musigny have been acquired by Vogüé after 1892. Danguy and Aubertin2 mentioned Alberic Bichot and Boursot-Valot as the other owners on Les Petits Musigny.
The map below show the ownership on Musigny in 1890 – and it shows multible owners on Les Petits Musigny, and that even the Comte de Vogüé ownership in Les Musigny was somewhat different in 1890.
This is confirmed by Rodier3 (1920) who mentioned three owners on Les Petits Musigny – Comte de Vogüé, Mugnier and Boursot. This indicates that Comte de Vogüé have acquired plots in Les Petits Musigny – to complete the monopole after 1920.
The Comte de Vogüé wines from the Musigny vineyard
Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé currently produce three wines on the Musigny vineyard. The main wine is the Musigny Vieilles Vignes, produced from vines older than 25 years. The grapes from the younger wines are used for the Chambolle 1er cru – a wine produced 100% from young wines on the Musigny vineyard. The grapes from the very young wines .. below 10 years of age … have in some vintages been included in the village Chambolle-Musigny.
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