Domaine Mongeard Mugneret Vosne-Romanée Les Orveaux 2017
The wonderful exposure enjoyed by the Vosne Romanée Premier Cru En Orveaux vineyard endows these wines with a deep ruby color and aromas of red fruits, black currants, and raspberries. Their robust and richly perfumed bouquet imbues them with a character that is at once silky and rustic. Their freshness and mellowness, combined with a certain sensuous vinosity, renders them a worthy rival to other Vosne-Romanée premier crus. This is a supremely well-balanced wine.
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.
|Region||France, Burgundy, Cote de Nuits|
|Brand||Domaine Mongeard Mugneret|
BurghoundA restrained but quite spicy nose reflects notes of dark raspberry and plenty of floral influences that include both violet and lavender. There is very fine detail to the energetic middle weight flavors that deliver excellent length on the delicious and refreshing finale. This is a wine of refinement and that impression is enhanced by the fine-grained tannins. 90-92