2015 Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg 1er Cru Nuits St. Georges "Les Chaignots" (Previously $240)

SKU #1348503 90-93 points Vinous

 Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of pure black cherry and spices. Densely packed, round and spicy but less obviously sweet than the Vosne villages, showing a slightly medicinal kirsch quality and an impression of youthful reserve. Velvety in the middle but the wine's ripe, building tannins are a bit less refined than those of the Vosne-Romanée. Firm acidity contributes to the impression of grip. Marie-Christine Mugneret believes that this wine will be a relatively early drinker but that it will still need five years of cellaring. But all of these 2015s possess the nervosité to support a graceful evolution in bottle.(ST)  (1/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Chaignots is really lovely, offering up plenty of ripe fruit, fine typicité and a generous, but substantial structural chassis for long-term cellaring. The exuberant bouquet jumps from the glass in a blaze of black plums, black cherries, raw cocoa, pigeon, sweet nutskin, dark soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, beautifully balanced and sappy at the core, with fine soil signature, ripe, suave tannins and lovely focus and grip on the long, classy and still fairly youthful finish. A completely charming young Nuits! (Drink between 2023-2055)  (11/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Chaignots, aged in 45% new oak but in different combination of cooperages to the Chambolle-Musigny cuvées, has a very intense bouquet with layers of cassis, blueberry and raspberry coulis, just a hint of orange blossom in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannin, a suggestion of game in the background, though it does not impose upon the copious sweet blue and black fruit. This is a more extravagant les Chaignots compared to recent vintages, but still utterly delectable. (NM)  (12/2016)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A distinctly spicy nose offers up ripe aromas of cassis, plum, mocha and violet that are trimmed in subtle earth nuances. There is fine volume and mid-palate density to the strikingly rich and suave medium-bodied flavors that display excellent persistence and complexity on the firm and lightly mineral-suffused finish that, like the Vignes Rondes, flashes a hint of dryness though in this case, I suspect that it will eventually come together and my rating offers the benefit of the doubt. 2025+  (1/2018)

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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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Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.