2006 Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanée

SKU #1327039 91 points John Gilman

 No wine has moved up in quality more in the last several years chez Mugneret than the Vosne AC, which is now clearly the finest village wine made in the commune and amongst the best village wines in the entire Côte d’Or. The nose on the 2006 is beautiful, as it offers up notes of red and black plums, black raspberry, cocoa, blood orange, lovely minerality, vanilla and a topnote of woodsmoke. On the palate the wine is fullish, long and tangy, with lovely intensity of flavor, impressive complexity, ripe tannins and bouncy acidity on the long, classy finish. I buy a case of this wine every vintage, as I find it one of the best values to be had in all of Burgundy. (Drink between 2012-2030)  (11/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Light but pretty and very flirtatious. This vintage seems to have suited this female-run domaine. 17/20 points (JR)  (1/2008)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Mugneret 2006 Vosne Romanee displays the bell-clear, chiseled-edge of fresh red fruits and saline, crystalline minerality for which this estate's wines are justly renowned. Hints of herbal concentrate and of vanilla and caramel from barrel segue nicely into the fruit on a soothingly polished palate, and this finishes with a very sunny, ripe disposition and welcome sense of lift. (DS)  (12/2009)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright red. Red fruits, minerals and menthol on the slightly medicinal nose. Spicy, lively and tight; showing less fruit today than the 2007 but there's good sweetness here. Finishes with dusty tannins and very good length. (ST)  (3/2009)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
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Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.