2017 Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg


No change here really in terms of quantity as conditions throughtout the season were kind. They say that the whole of Gevery Chambertin was not touched by frost in 2016 nor 2017. After the Echezeaux this is immediately more intense, with a good, dark feel. More gloss and weight to the fruit core though. This is heady and has a great luxurious sweep to it some how. There's a mineral undertow too, gently persistent which adds freshness and length. Impressive stuff, gloriously fine and with succulent drive, and a gentle notch more robust than the Chambolle. 70% New Wood. They have 0.60 of a hectare in this plot which they share with two others - Rousseau and Roumier. Their parcel is in 'Ruchottes du Bas' with the forest right behind them, an erstwhile protector of the vines there from extreme conditions. Drinking range: 2021 - 2029L&S(Nov 2018)

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The 2017 Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a wonderful bouquet that fulfills its potential from barrel: very well defined, precise and mineral-driven with scents of black cherry, raspberry preserve and crushed stone. The pure, medium-bodied palate offers supple tannins, a silky texture and a caressing, seductive finish that feels very tender and sustained. Superb. Drinking range: 2023 - 2048 Rating: 96 Neal Martin, 2020)

(from 55+ year old vines). This is the first wine to display more than a trace application of wood and here it’s not subtle though not so prominent as to dominate the otherwise cool, restrained and elegant wisps of earth, dark berries and a hint of game. The mineral-driven but enveloping middle weight plus flavors possess muscle and plenty of punch on the mocha-infused, youthfully austere and very serious finish. This is a big wine in the context of what is typical for the vintage and should amply repay extended keeping. Drinking range: 2034 - Rating: 92-95 Allen Meadows, 2019)

The most backward wine in the cellar is the 2017 Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru, but it's immensely promising, unwinding in the glass with notions of wild berries, dark chocolate, potpourri, orange rind and smoky bass-notes. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and layered, with excellent depth and dimension, tangy acids and a long, chalky finish. Along with the Clos Vougeot, this will be the most long-lived of the Mugneret sisters 2017s. Rating: 93-95 William Kelley, The Wine Advocate(Jan 2019)

The 2017 Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru is matured in 70% new oak with more François Frères barrels than other cuvée. The fragrant, mineral-driven bouquet articulates the terroir supremely well. The palate is medium-bodied with filigreed tannin, touches of brown spice intermingling with blackberry and bilberry fruit and merging with more red fruit and hints of fig and white pepper toward the persistent finish. This is an outstanding Ruchottes-Chambertin. Drinking range: 2022 - 2045 Rating: 93-95 Neal Martin, 2019)

First vintage in 2012 for blending younger and older vines. 50/50. This is very fresh and juicy and vibrant. There is no austerity here. Pure fruit and scintillatingly minerals. Perfect. It has flesh draped elegant over the tight core. Mineral finish. Rating: 19.5 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing(Dec 2018)

Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg was founded in 1933 on the marriage of Jeanne Gibourg and André Mugneret. Holdings then consisted of Bourgogne, village Nuits, village Vosne and Echezeaux. Their son Georges, an opthalmologist by day, added to the vineyards, but his acquisitions (Nuits 1ers Crus Vignes Rondes and Chaignots, Chambolle 1er Cru Feusselottes, and Grands Crus Clos Vougeot and Ruchottes Chambertin) were kept separate as Domaine Georges Mugneret. On Georges' death in 1988, his widow Jacqueline and daughter Marie-Christine took over. Marie-Andrée, the younger daughter joined them a little later having completed her studies as an oenologist. In 2009 the two domaine names were put together to become Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg, ending the prior confusion of labels. The sisters have proved more than safe hands as far as the winemaking is concerned, and these are top-flight Burgundies with that elusive balance of enough concentration allied with delicacy of expression and the capability to age well. All the vineyard management has been brought in-house (the domaine previously relied on two métayeurs for part of the vineyard) and the quality has reached new heights, its wines some of the most sought-after in the Côte de Nuits.


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