2015 Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg Echezeaux Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1328340 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Echezeaux Grand Cru is the usual blend of two parcels: more than 70-year-old vines located in La Rouge du Bas that tend to produce small berries, and younger vines within Quartier de Nuits that impart freshness. Christine reminded me that they are picked on the same day and entered directly into the same vat. It is matured in 60% new oak, the maximum that the domaine ever uses. It has a glorious bouquet with ripe black cherries, raspberry, violets and a subtle marine influence, touch of flint tucked just underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with supple sweet tannin, layers of ripe black cherries, mulberry and a touch of quince, structured on the finish with enormous length. This would be one of my picks from the domaine this year.(NM)  (12/2016)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from the climats of Les Rouges du Bas and Les Quartiers de Nuits). This too was initially reduced but with air, discreet but not invisible wood emerges to frame the super-spicy and distinctly ripe aromas of plum, black cherry and Asian-style tea. There is excellent volume to the suave and seductive yet sleek medium weight plus flavors that possess a wonderfully beguiling texture, all wrapped in a powerful, highly complex and palate drenching finish. This is extremely impressive and should age beautifully; indeed it will need at least 8 to 10 and should easily repay 15 plus. 2033+  (1/2018)

94 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Echézeaux from Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg is excellent, displaying outstanding breed and depth on both the nose and palate. The bouquet is a refined blend of black plums, black raspberries, pigeon, bitter chocolate, woodsmoke, a nice touch of Vosne spices and cedary new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely reserved on the attack, with a sappy core, fine backend soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, vibrant and very promising finish. Lovely juice. (Drink between 2025-2075)  (11/2016)

92-94 points Vinous

 (55% new oak; from Les Rouges du Bas and Les Quartiers de Nuits): Bright medium ruby. Very pure but subtle and shy on the nose, exuding scents of blackberry, dark cherry, violet and dark chocolate accented by orange zest. Offers an exhilarating balance of almost chocolatey sweetness and penetrating acidity. Finishes very long and primary, even a bit inky, with suave tannins and firm acidity. Marie-Christine Mugneret noted that new oak "really marks the delicate Echézeaux character," but this wine has the stuffing to support its lumber.(ST)  (1/2017)

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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.