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2005 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Grand Cru

  • Producer
    Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret
  • Vintage
  • Grape Variety
    Pinot Noir
  • Region
  • Sub Region
  • Size

The Mongeard family arrived in Vosne-Romanée in the eighteenth century, with records showing a Mongeard working as vigneron for Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in 1786. In 1945, Jean Mongeard, whose mother was a Mugneret, found himself making wine at the age of 16 in the place of his father who had died years earlier.

The entire 1945 crop was purchased by Baron le Roy, Marquis d’Angerville, and Henri Gouges. Gouges instructed the young Mongeard to personally bottle the wines, rather than sell in barrel. In 1975, Vincent Mongeard, Jean’s son, began working alongside his father and became responsible for viticulture and vinification of the domaine’s wines. He persuaded his father to return to the traditional method of bottling, without filtration, filtering only with certain vintages.

Jean Mongeard retired in 1995, and Vincent assumed complete leadership of the domaine. Today, Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret covers a total area of more than 75 acres, split among 35 appellations. The varied range of climats in which the Mongeards own vineyards results, naturally, in wines of great diversity.

Tasting Notes

94 Points Allen Meadows
Here too there is a trace of secondary character to the notably ripe yet still admirably fresh and ultra-spicy red and dark pinot fruit that displays floral top notes. The concentrated and powerful yet sleek medium weight plus flavors possess solid power where the supporting dry extract simultaneously coats the mouth and buffers the still very firm tannic spine on the velvet-textured and hugely long finale. This is one of those wines that is clearly years away from its apogee yet there is so much sap that it could easily be enjoyed now if given sufficient time in a carafe first. But either way, note well that this will still be with us several decades hence.

2005 Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux ‘Vieilles Vignes’ Grand Cru