The Mongeard family arrived in Vosne-Romanée in the 18th century, and 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. His father had died five years before, and there was no one left to do the job. 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, because of the exceptional quality of the family's wines.
Robert Parker describes the wines of the domaine: 'The style of winemaking seems to extract rich, supple, concentrated fruit from the grapes...The wines always seem to show well young, but also age nicely for 10-15 years.'
Since 1997, Vincent Mongeard, Jean's son, has been 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. Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret today covers a total area of more than 25 hectares, divided into 22 appellations. Their vineyards are 45-50 years old on average, and are grafted with superior Pinot Noir clones. All of the wines are 100% de-stemmed with the exception of Richebourg, for which they include 1/3 stems for more tannic structure.
Bottle ShopThis supple, silky Bourgogne Rouge has red fruit, purple flower and mineral aromas and flavors. The pedigree of the house, based in Vosne-Romanée, is very obvious. Pair with roasted salmon, chicken, turkey and more. Delicious with cheeses, too.
Jeb DunnuckThe 2017 Bourgogne is a brilliant little appellation wine that brings the goods, offering a light ruby hue as well as complex notes of sweet cherries, raspberries, spring flowers, and sappy, almost resinous herbs. Beautifully balanced, medium to light-bodied, and graceful on the palate, it’s a smoking good 2017 to enjoy over the coming 5-8 years.
Wine AdvocateThe 2017 Bourgogne Pinot Noir is showing well, opening in the glass with an inviting bouquet of cherries, cassis, burning embers and orange rind. Medium to full-bodied, supple and velvety, its ample core of fruit is framed by melting tannin and succulent acids. Like the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, this is a fine value and well worth consideration.