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Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Vosne-Romanee Grand Cru ‘Richebourg’ 2017

Pinot Noir from Vosne-Romanée, Côte-de-Nuits, Burgundy, France

$1,650

$1600ea for 2+
$1550ea for 3+
Closure: Cork

Description

Interestingly, this possesses a similar nose to that of the Grande Complication save that it is more reserved. The middle weight and more mineral-inflected flavors are not as dense however though they do flash better power and driving on the youthfully austere, compact and very firm  finale. This is very much of an introverted Riche at present and extended patience will be required if you wish to experience this at its peak. 2032+

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Why is this Wine so Yummy?

Total area under this appellation: 8 ha 03 a 45 ca
Soil: Fairly clayey resting on limestone
Grape varieties: 100 % Pinot Noir
Average age of vines: 40 to 60 years
Harvesting by hand exclusively: Hand-sorted in the winery
Destalking: According to the quality of the vintage
Maturing: 100 % new oak barrels

About Mongeard Mugneret

For more than eight generations, the Mongeard family has been established in Vosne-Romanée since the year 1620, right in the midst of the Côte de Nuits, producing wine with an utmost respect for tradition.

The Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret, renamed since 1945, now operates a large vineyard in the purist of the burgundy tradition. My grand-father was Eugène Mongeard and my grand-mother Edmée Mugneret.

The property accounts today for approximately 30 hectares, spread on 35 different appellations producing white Burgundy issued from the Chardonnay grape, but also essentially red wines issued from the Pinot Noir grape in the best climates of the Côte.

Records show a Mongeard working as vigneron for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in 1786. In 1945, Jean Mongeard, whose mother was a Mugneret, found himself making wine at the age of 16 in the place of his father who had died years earlier. The entire 1945 crop was purchased by Baron le Roy, Marquis d’Angerville, and Henri Gouges. Gouges instructed the young Mongeard to personally bottle the wines, rather than sell in barrel. In 1975, Vincent Mongeard, Jean’s son, began working alongside his father and became responsible for viticulture and vinification of the domaine’s wines. He persuaded his father to return to the traditional method of bottling, without filtration, filtering only with certain vintages. Jean Mongeard retired in 1995, and Vincent assumed complete leadership of the domaine. Today, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret covers a total area of more than 75 acres, split among 35 appellations. The varied range of climats in which the Mongeards own vineyards results, naturally, in wines of great diversity.

In the Vineyard

 

In the Winery

 

The 2017 Vintage

A cold and dry winter takes place in the first quarter of 2017. January, just as wintry as December, offers fresh temperatures (close to 0°C), below the seasonal standards. Delicate ice crystals dressed the vineyard during several weeks, beautiful ephemeral enchantment of nature.

Without any snow or significant rainfalls, the beginning of season presents a water deficit of more than 70 mm compared to normal. Temperatures become warmer in the coming weeks but water shortages give cause of concern.

Mid-March shows the twilight of winter, the over target temperatures lead to a quick and hasty development of the vine. The swelling bud is observed on March, 20th and some plots already reveal woody buds: prelude of an early year.

On April, 6th the first leaves appear in Vosne Romanée, temperatures are then flirting around 25°C. Throughout this month, the sunlight will be above normal under a gradual mildness. By mid-April, the 3rd and 4th leaves have now unfolded, the vine shoot is quite visible. In the second half of April weather conditions switch to cold.

The fear of reliving the frost of 2016 is omnipresent. Again, morning frosts cause winemakers to fear the worst. Solidarity sets in, all are committed to a common goal.

From April 27th to 29th, candles, straw and vine shoots fires, braziers are lit from dawn in several villages. A thick veil of smoke dressed all the Côte to protect the young shoot from the first rays of sun. Luckily, disaster is avoided but the low temperatures significantly slow down the crop development for almost 3 weeks.

The stage of 5 to 6 spread leaves is hardly reached at the beginning of May. Then, during the second half of May, a significant increase in temperatures leds to an explosive growth. The flowering is
reached in just over three days at the end of May. Thanks to these ideal conditions, the grapes present a great regularity and already herald good quantities.

The vegetation grows at an unbridled pace during June, the pressing work in the vineyard allows no rest. Excessive temperatures, close to 39°C on June 21, lead to very fast growth of berries, a little scalding and the beginning of water stress.

The stage of bunch closure is reached on June 30 in Côte de Nuits. The rainfalls and the heat will alternate throughout July, the berries and shoots grow at a steady pace. The ripening is observed from July, 31.

August goes hand-in-hand with heat and drought. Sugars increase very quickly but the phenolic maturity has not yet been reached due to the very dry weather. As Nature naturally finds its balance
point, the long-waited rainfalls arrive on last days of August and provide the lacking balance. The maturing will peacefully and perfectly follow its path till the first half of September.

The harvests

Foretaste with the Crémant Cuvée « Chloé » on August, 28th. Vincent gives the go-ahead to harvest on September, 8th in Savigny and 1er Cru « Les Narbantons », then on 9th in Beaune at 1er Cru « Les
Avaux » and on 10th at Pernand Vergelesses. On Monday 11th, the harvesting team had cut the Chambolle Musigny and Gevrey Chambertin, then on 12th in the plots Vosne Romanée 1er Cru « Les Petits Monts », Richebourg and Nuits St Georges 1er Cru « Aux Boudots ». A small team reached Bourgogne Blancs and Aligoté on the same day. On 13th, the large team joined Fixin and « Vieille Vigne ». On Saturday 14th, some harvested Vosne Romanée and « Les Maizières Hautes », while others picked Bourgognes Rouges and « Sapidus ». On 15th and 16th, time has come to harvest Vougeot .

1er Cru « Les Cras » and « Petits Vougeots », Echezeaux and « La Grande Complication », Clos de Vougeot and Grands-Echezeaux. Meanwhile, a small team continued in Marsannay « Clos du Roy ».
Nuits St Georges village and « Les Plateaux » reached the winery on September 17th, then on 18th in Vosne Romanée 1er Cru « En Orveaux » and « Les Suchots ». On 19th et 20th, great care has been
taken in Hautes-Côtes de Nuits rouges « Les Dames Huguettes » and « La Croix », then the white cuvée of « Le Prieuré » has been pressed.

Where in the World is Mongeard Mugneret?

Mongeard-Mugneret is based in Vosne-Romanée. Richebourg is a very special Grand Cru surrounded by the Grand Cru’s: La Romanée, Romanée-Conti, and, Romanée-Saint-Vivant.

92-94 Points

(from vines adjacent to those of Domaine de la Romanée Conti in Richebourg proper, totaling .31 ha). Interestingly, this possesses a similar nose to that of the Grande Complication save that it is more reserved. The middle weight and more mineral-inflected flavors are not as dense however though they do flash better power and driving on the youthfully austere, compact and very firm  finale. This is very much of an introverted Riche at present and extended patience will be required if you wish to experience this at its peak. 2032+

Allen Meadows, Burghound

Where in the world does the magic happen?

Mongeard Mugneret Domaine, Rue de la Fontaine, Vosne-Romanée, France

Vosne-Romanée
Côte-de-Nuits
Burgundy
France