Vinous – 92+
Bright, deep red. Exotic berry aromas are complicated by violet, cocoa, coffee and toast. Then almost surprisingly supple and sweet on the palate, showing a more attractive early balance and more finesse than the 2009 version. The spicy acidulated fruit and floral flavors convey a strong impression of energy. Finishes classically dry and saline, with peppery acidity and a slightly youthful toughness.
Robert Parker – 91-92+
Prieur’s 2008 Musigny displays rich, ripe cherry and blackberry fruit though not the vivacity or brightness I associate with most of the best wines of its vintage. That this wine grows at the cru’s heat-trapping southern edge might be offered as one explanation of this, but in fact, as a group the Prieur 2008s are long on sweetness of fruit and new wood but not on liveliness or cut. Here, there is a quite stewed fruit character, with humus, nutmeg, tobacco, black tea, and chalk adding variety; sumptuous richness; and a lingering, sweet finish. I miss the floral, mineral, and carnal dimension that this great site is capable of projecting, but in its rather opaque manner, this certainly impresses, and perhaps it will gain focus and complexity in the final months of its elevage. I expect it could be safely followed for 12-15 years.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2025