Domaine Mongeard Mugneret Vosne Romanée 2014

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The village of Vosne, known as early as 639 as 'Vaona', was in later centuries a hunting preserve of the Dukes of Burgundy. Viticulture dates back to at least 1232, when the vineyard now known as Romanée-Conti belonged to the Abbey of Cîteaux. This Vosne-Romanée is made by a family which arrived to the village 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. This Vosne-Romanée is made from 35-72 year old vines. Robert Parker describes the wines: '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.
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Vosne-Romanée
Brand Domaine Mongeard Mugneret
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Wine SpectatorAn earthy, chewy version, with plenty of cherry and wild berry fruit, shaded by toasted spice accents. Stays firm, lean and persistent on the finish. Rustic for the appellation. Best from 2020 through 2030. 145 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, May 31, 2017