2014 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux La Grand Complication Grand Cru
Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret farms an impressive 75 acres of vineyards across much of the Cote d'Or in Burgundy, covering 35 separate appellations. While this leads to many different styles of wines to be produced, their house style leans towards rich and supple wines, with impressive concentration that show well in their youth yet age with ease. Other than a portion of their Richebourg, all grapes are fully destemmed before a cool soak of 4-5 days prior to alcoholic fermentation. As a guide no more than 50% new oak is used in their premier cru wines, while up to 70% is used in their top grand cru plots. The wines are bottled after 18-22 months with no filtration.
This is also very generously oaked and it's enough to fight with the super ripe and borderline roasted dark berry fruit scents. There is excellent richness to the full-bodied and velvety flavors that also possess very good mid-palate concentration along with very solid dry extract. Here too there is a touch of chocolate on the lengthy finish where the wood resurfaces and overall this is certainly impressive in its fashion but it's not for me.
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