Whilst I enjoy New World Pinot Noirs, Old World Pinots can possess an ethereal character that is saturated with deep, robust yet delicate and elegant flavours. I happened upon Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne Hautes Côtes De Nuits 2007 and fancied the hand and grape design on the label and envisioned it would be a good value considering its appellation and year. Headed by owner and winemaker Vincent Mongeard and his wife Anne, the estate was founded in 1920 when Vincent’s grandparents pooled their vineyard resources. Today the 81 ½ acre estate stretches throughout 35 different appellations. Practical and a perfectionist in all stages of winemaking, Vincent purchases French Allier oak and seasons it himself for 2 or 3 years before having the barrels made. He also utilizes a combination of organic and biodynamic methods individually tailored to each particular vineyard.
Transparent garnet with rusty brick highlights in colour, after aerating aromas of violets, strawberry and fresh cut grass rose from my glass. Smoky herbaceous notes in the medium body supported tart cherry and dainty raspberry flavours, whilst a well-balanced acidity kept each sip bright. Snappy green tea tannins and traces of woodsy oak comprised the moderate finish. Easy drinking, this is an elegant and refined Pinot Noir that possesses a companionable, rustic backbone.
100% Pinot Noir
Bourgogne Hautes Côtes De Nuits
Mis en Bouteille au Domaine [Estate Bottled]
Enjoy now thru 2013