2016 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Grand Cru Clos Vougeot

SKU #1386496 93 points John Gilman

 This will be the easiest of the 2016 grand crus from the Mongeards to find in the market this year and it will be a fine addition to any well-stocked Burgundy cellar. The bouquet is pure, youthfully complex and focused, offering up a lovely mélange of black cherries, black plums, venison, complex soil tones, espresso, bonfires and nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows off excellent mid-palate depth, with ripe, well-integrated tannins, excellent focus and balance and a long, pure and nicely structured finish. Fine, fine juice in the making. Drink between 2029-2075. 93+  (11/2017)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Background floral notes combine with ripe, earthy, somber and notably serious aromas that are also trimmed in discreet wood along with a hint of menthol. There is very good density to the powerful and tautly muscular flavors that manage to retain a seductive mouthfeel before culminating in an impressively long finish that is somewhat less youthfully austere than it usually is and a bit more refined as well. Very good quality here and this is recommended provided you have at least some patience.  (1/2018)


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By: Cameron Price | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 1/30/2019 | Send Email
This may be the best wine I've ever tasted. The nose exuberates with layers of ripe cherry, prickly raspberry and earthy notes of sauteed mushrooms and wet soil. The layers that unfold on the nose are extremely interesting as it just keeps opening and giving more and more. The palate is another world of complexity and wonder. Juicy but tight, clean but savory and the tannins, my goodness the tannins! Layers upon layers of beautiful berry fruit and jam coupled with moist earth undertones and a finish that just wouldn't...finish. The overall balance and structure of this wine is one to be remembered for many years and after having tasted it already I would say just about when I am about to forget how it tasted is when it will be time to open the bottle in the cellar!
Drink from 2019 to 2045

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Vougeot

- The most famous piece of Vougeot is the Clos de Vougeot. This vineyard is the largest of the Grands Crus, over 125 acres, with more than 80 different owners. Originally, the wine of the Clos was assembled from different portions of the vineyard to make a masterful blend, which justified its Grand Cru status. Today, a grower who owns a plot right next to the road, in the clay-heavy soil there, has as much right to call his wine 'Grand Cru' as one from the upper 'Musigny' section, adjacent to Les Musigny, with wonderful stony soil, or that adjacent to Echezeaux. Buy your Clos Vougeot from a trusted wine merchant!