Domaine Mongeard Mugneret  Echezaux Pinot Noir Burgundy Cote de Nuits 2016

Domaine Mongeard Mugneret Echezaux Pinot Noir Burgundy Cote de Nuits 2016

Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret
Grand Cru Red barrel
Score: 89-92 Burghound
Tasted: Jan 15, 2018
Drink: 2026+
Issue: 69

Note: from the climats of Echézeaux du Dessus and Les Treux
Producer note: Vincent Mongeard succinctly commented that the 2016 growing season "was certainly not the easiest as the mildew attack was one of the worst that I have ever seen. Moreover, yields were highly disparate because while Vosne was largely normal, Echézeaux and Grands Echézeaux got crushed as did my vines in the Côte de Beaune. As a result there will be no cuvée La Grande Complication in 2016 but we will resume it in 2017. At least the quality is good and what is interesting is that both 2015 and 2016 produced excellent wines yet the style of the two vintages could not be more different." The quality of the Mongeard 2016s is consistent with what I generally found at most domaines, which is to say mostly very good. (Atherton Wine Imports,, CA, M.S. Walker,, MA/RI/NH, Vineyard Brands,, AL, all USA; several UK importers).
Tasting note: Once again moderate wood is present on the more obviously menthol-infused aromas of red currant, cherry, Asian-style spice and a hint of dried orange peel. The middle weight flavors also possess a highly seductive mid-palate mouthfeel that contrasts considerably with the rustic, warm and slightly disjointed finish. As the description suggests this is somewhat awkward today but the underlying material appears to be present such that there is a reasonable chance that ultimately it will harmonize.