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

2010   Santenay BLANC ‘Champs Claude’   
This vineyard adjoins Chassagne-Montrachet 1er cru Morgeot. The vines are situated only twenty metres from the bottom of Morgeot on a clay and limestone soil. The wine is fermented in barrels using 40% new, where it stays for a period of 10 months before racking into tank for 2 months prior to bottling. Citrus, floral notes and racy mineral freshness are supported by a plump, mid weight wine. The fine and racy finish speaks of it terroir and adds length and elegance to this wine that is very much on the Chassagne side.

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.

2008 Corton Charlemagne Grand cru
….rich, delicious and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent intensity and fine delineation on the citrusy and persistent finish where a mild toastiness resurfaces. This is easy to like yet not simple and overall, this is worth a look for value as it typically is reasonably priced. 91/2014+” Burghound.com – July 2010

2007   Santenay BLANC ‘Champs Claude’     
A pungent nose of earth, straw and citrus leads to fresh, detailed, racy and attractively intense flavors that are both delicious and possess good complexity for its level. This is really quite a nice effort and while no model of refinement, it has honest character. 88/2010+.”  Burghound – July 2009

Red wines

2011 Bourgogne Rouge  (stelvin-luxe closure)
Quite an intense Pinot Noir with plenty of impressive ripeness and charm – bright red and blue fruits, violets and florals, classic Pinot cherries and light spice, too. The palate is supple and smooth with an array of wild red fruits and fine tannins. 93 points” Gourmet Traveller December 2010 (2009 note)

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.

2008 Santenay Rouge ‘Champs Claude’
(From a parcel of 70 y.o vines abutting Chassagne 1er cru Morgeot)
A fresh, rustic and intensely earthy mix of red and blue pinot fruit aromas marries into nicely detailed and energetic light to middle weight flavors that are supported by a very firm core of tangy acidity.”  Burghound.com – July 2010

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

2009 Santenay ‘Clos Faubard’ 1er Cru
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.

2007 Corton-Greves Grand cru
“… detailed and wonderfully pure medium-weight flavours that exude a distinct minerality on the balanced, vibrant and admirably persistent finish. This is not a big Corton but the structural elements are ripe and overall, this is a lovely wine for cellaring over the mid-term. 92/2013+.”  Burghound.com – July 2009