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There are few estates that capture the seductive power of Burgundian Pinot Noir as faithfully as does Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg in Vosne. The Mugneret sisters, Marie-Christine and Marie-Andrée, are some of the leading winemaking talents in all of Burgundy. Their very small production is highly sought-after (and often in vain) by the world’s connoisseurs, simply because Mugneret Burgundy offers such a subtle yet potent impression of Burgundy’s most hallowed terroirs. We first started working with the Mugnerets decades ago when their father was at the helm; today, it is always a joy to visit these hard-working, ever generous sisters and taste the products of their tireless labors. Mugneret Burgundy is Burgundian to its core, a pleasure to drink and a treasure to cellar.
Aromas of red and black berries, underbrush, licorice, cinnamon. Earthy and profound; wonderful texture.
Food Pairing: Duck breast with dried fruit; wild mushroom tart; grilled steak with potatoes
100% Pinot Noir
A very ripe and ultra-spicy nose reflects liqueur-like aromas of dark cherry and raspberry that are once again trimmed in subtle but not invisible oak. Like several of the wines in the range the mid-palate mouthfeel is really quite seductive due to the abundant level of dry extract that only partially buffers the notably firm tannic spine shaping the dusty powerful and very serious finish that in much the same fashion as the Clos de Vougeot is explosively long. This is youthfully austere but very promising.
Deep ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of black cherry dark chocolate licorice and flowers plus a note of black pepper. Offers incredible concentration to its flavors of blackberry syrup and savory minerality conveying an almost liqueur-like ripeness for a dry wine. Painfully intense in the early going but the big tannins are buffered by the wine’s impression of extract. This wine will need extended cellaring to absorb its penetrating saline minerality. I can understand why Marie-Christine Mugneret presented this wine last. Stephen Tanzer
The 2016 Echezeaux Grand Cru was reduced to four barrels this year since the frost extirpated Les Rouges du Bas and Quartiers de Nuits (60% of the fruit). It is matured in 50% new oak. It has a very intense bouquet with more blue fruit than I have noticed in recent vintages. This actually reminds me more of a Romanée-Saint-Vivant! The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and perfect acidity sensual and harmonious with a really poised finish that takes your breath away. This is an outstanding Echézeaux considering what they faced and up there with the ethereal 2015. Does anyone produce Echézeaux as good as this?