2019 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Richebourg 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.
Here too notes of wood toast and menthol are present on the slightly more elegant and notably spicier array of liqueur-like dark currant, sandalwood, Asian-style tea and a lovely range of floral elements. The succulent, suave and highly seductive broad-shouldered flavors possess good volume and solid density on the stony and youthfully austere finish that delivers excellent persistence where the only nit is a perceptible hint of warmth. Patience absolutely necessary. Drink 2039+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound
The 2019 Richebourg Grand Cru has turned out brilliantly, offering up a complex bouquet of cherries, berries and plums mingled with oriental spices, rich soil tones, rose petals and blood orange. Full-bodied, velvety and layered, it's muscular and concentrated, with huge reserves of fruit that largely conceal its broad-shouldered chassis of ripe, velvety tannins. Long and penetrating, this is the high point of Vincent Mongeard's portfolio this year. Drink 2030 - 2060.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)