Making wine in Burgundy is not work for the impatient … replanting a vineyard is easily a 25 years project from uprooting of the vines to the first vintage made from the new vines.
This has been the case for the Musigny Blanc from Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé. The replanting began in 1986 and continued with further replanting in 1987, 1991 and 1997.
The last uprooting (the area replanted in 1997) meant that the average age of the vines dropped significantly .. and below what could produce the full quality of a Grand Cru Musigny.
As a consequence the last vintage of Musigny Blanc was produced in 1993 – and only a limited production – and from 1994 and onwards the white Musigny made from the young vines was sold as a Bourgogne Blanc. In the first vintages it was made from very young wines – yet still 100% Musigny – and sold at the price of the Chambolle village.
As the vines aged the quality improved and the price was increased to be approximately on par with the Chambolle 1er cru – also made from young vines on Musigny.
In my view quality improved significantly from 2010 and onwards – and especially the 2013 and 2014 vintages showed that the Musigny Blanc was back in spirit ,, and that it was ready to reclaim its classification and label – as the Musigny Blanc of Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé.
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