Lucien Muzard

 

Lucien Muzard et fils: Burgundy (Santenay)

Lucien Muzard’s sons, Hervé and Claude now run the domaine. They are the ninth generation of a family that can trace its lineage in Santenay back to 1666. While they respect traditional wine-making practices, they also keep an open mind to modern changes in viniculture. In the vineyards they have greatly reduced grape yields to intensify flavour. In the cellar they have eliminated fining and only filter when strictly necessary. This is a source of spotlessly pure great value Burgundy.

Rated top ten “Best value producers” Burgundy – Wine Report 2009 (by Clive Coates)

White wines

2013 Mearsault vieilles vignes 
Made from tiny yields in 2013 from very old vines in the lieu-dit of Les Crotots which borders on and juts into 1er cru Porusots just south of the village. This vintage shows exceptional intensity and clarity with vibrant acidity behind the rich slightly honeyed and nutty fruit. Finishes with a chalky note and intense lingering clarity. This is outstanding village Meursault.

2009 Corton Charlemagne Grand cru  
A blend of 50:50 Pernand and Aloxe fruit. This blend of the two different sites gives a combination of both depth and minerality and yields a total production of only 600 bottles. The wine is matured in 100% new oak for a total period of 10 months. This is wine is deliciously balanced with a very perfumed nose of citrus, white flowers and apple.

 

Red wines

2012 Bourgogne Rouge  (stelvin-luxe closure)

Deeply coloured and more aromatic and silky than the 2011 this vintage shows just how immediately charming the very best wines from the excellent 2012 vintage can be.

2010   Santenay Rouge ‘Champs Claude’  vieilles vignes
Champs Claude borders the Chassagne-Montrachet appellation with some serious pedigree, coming up under the greater Morgeot vineyards to abut the 1er cru Clos Chareau. The vines date from the 1920s and average a venerable 75 years of age. The domaine owns 2.69 hectares (6.64 acres) and makes roughly 1,400 cases in a normal year.

2010   Santenay Rouge 1er Cru ‘Maladières’  750ml + 375ml  
Maladière takes its name from malady, referring to sick-ness. Maladière’s hill rises steeply up behind the lower village and gets bathed in sunshine. Thus long ago in the distant dark ages this hillside was considered a healthy place to house the leper colony. Maladière has some of the same Côte de Nuits limestone as Faubard, giving the iron minerality underpinning in the wine. Maladière is a cooler site than the vineyard sites on the north side of the village and is known to produce the most feminine wines, with perfume and elegance. The brothers have 4.82 hectares (11.91 acres) of 40+ year old vines here, a significant holding, and produce as much as 2,500 cases in a good year.

2010 Santenay Rouge 1er Cru ‘Clos de Tavannes’
One of the smaller 1er cru’s at 5.32 hectares which can also take the labels of Santenay Clos de-Gravières Tavannes or Les Gravières. There is the same limestone and clay of the other 1ers except that there is also a little sand in soil. “My personal favourite remains the Santenay Premier Cru Clos de Tavannes; a supple wine of roundness and mouthwatering pinot flavours; it can be a precocious wine but one that, should you wish, will age very well indeed.” Bill Nanson – The Burgundy Report

2010 Pommard ‘Les Cras’ vieilles vignes
From vines planted in 1922, from a relatively low-lying vineyard towards the border with Volnay. Les Cras comes from the word ‘craie’ which translates as lime.  Low yielding from a parcel of less than 0.5ha the wines are sweetly lifted with blueberry and plum but with a tightly concentrated palate.

2009 Santenay Rouge 1er Cru ‘Maladières’  750ml/375ml/1500ml
Here the expressive nose is both elegant and attractively complex, offering up notes of diverse red berries, plum, violets and a hint of stone that is also reflected by the delicious, round solidly ripe middle weight flavors that possess a focused, balanced and lingering finish. A lovely effort. 89/2015+.”  Burghound.com – October 2011

2010 Santenay ‘Clos Faubard’ 1er Cru 375ml
A very small vineyard in Santenay with a mix of clay and limestone soils although the clay content is slightly lower than surrounding vineyards.

2009   Santenay Rouge 1er Cru ‘Graviéres’
The largest premier cru in the tenderloin, named after its gravel content. The domaine’s holding is 1.34 hectares (3.31 acres) and the vines average 50 years of age. Good depth and density of fruit with a quite muscular and structured palate. Very generous with tight and refined tannins that frame the wine and give a mineral finish and fresh texture.

2009   Pommard ‘Les Cras’ vieilles vignes
From vines planted in 1922, from a relatively low-lying vineyard towards the border with Volnay. Les Cras comes from the word ‘craie’ which translates as lime.  Low yielding from a parcel of less than 0.5ha the wines are sweetly lifted with blueberry and plum but with a tightly concentrated palate.