2019 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Grands-Echezeaux 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.
An attractively floral nose exhibits notes of rose petal, violet and lavender along with ripe black pinot fruit, plum, spice wisps and a dollop of wood toast. The very rich, even opulent, large-bodied flavors are at once sleek but plush, all wrapped in a sappy and sneaky long finish that is also clearly intended for extended cellaring. This will need to develop more depth over time but that should be possible given the depth of the underlying material. Drink 2034+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2019 Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru is showing beautifully, unwinding in the glass with deep-pitched aromas of cherries, plums, orange rind, incense and spices. Full-bodied, deep and multidimensional, it's elegantly muscular, with a layered core of fruit, powdery tannins and lively acids, concluding with a long, penetrating finish. This is a brilliant wine that represents relative value in the constellation of top Vosne-Romanée/Flagey-Echézeaux grands crus. Drink 2030 - 2060.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)