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Domaine Mugneret Gibourg produced a portfolio of rich and powerful wines in 2018, from the ripe and strapping Bourgogne Rouge to the seductive Ruchottes Chambertin, these masculine and robust wines will require extensive cellaring. Domaine Mugneret Gibourg started harvesting on the 4th of September, but some of their cuvees reached up to 14 – 14.5% alcohol under the warm and dry weather conditions in 2018.

Winemaking Style

100% grapes were destemmed. New oak from 10% in the Bourgogne Rouge to 70% in the Grand Cru. Barrels from 4 coopers, Grand Cru wines have higher proportion of Francois Freres.

Tasting Notes

Bourgogne Rouge 2018

9 barrels produced in 2018, much more compared to only 3 barrels in 2016. 10% new oak. An impressive showcase of Bourgogne Rouge, superb concentration and fruit intensity in the context of a Bourgogne. Ripe and juicy mixed berries, dark spices with structured tannins. 14% alcohol Bourgogne. (85/100)

Vosne Romanee 2018

An intense array and low pitched dark fruits of blackberries, ripe black cherries, exotic spices and underlying Vosne rose petals. Good fragrant but structured with fine-grained tannins. 25% new oak. (85-86/100)

Vosne Romanee La Colombiere 2018

Mugneret Gibourg owns an old parcel in La Colombiere, with vines around 70 years old. It was historically blended with the generic Vosne Romanee, but in 2018 they have made enough of it to make a special cuvee. Attractive nose of dark berries, delicate rose petal, fine gravel and delicate raspberries. Lighter weight than the generic Vosne Romanee but transparent and pure. (87+/100)

Nuits Saint Georges Au Bas de Combe 2018

Only 4 barrels produced in 2018. A dark fruited profile of dark cherries, low-pitched earth and spicy fruits with grainy Nuits tannins. Structured like a Premier Cru with oak spices balancing the structure well. (86-87/100)

Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots 2018

A generous yield in 2018 – 22 barrels produced (38hl/ha in 2018 compared to 18-20hl/ha in 2019). 50% new oak. Les Chaignots has great sun exposure. Good intensity of dark berries, fragrant spices and toast with structured backbone. (88/100)

Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes 2018

9 barrels produced. 50% new oak. Many Chambolle Musigny I have tasted from 2018 tasted rich and masculine, very un-Chambolle-esque, this was one of them. A dark and complex array of ripe blackberries, concentrated cherry, earthy black truffles and deep-pitched spices. Full bodied and intense with high alcohol mouthfeel, 14.5%. Juicy with an amazing nose but a bit too alcoholic. (88/100)

Echezeaux Grand Cru 2018

The Echezeaux comes from two plots, 0.5 ha of Les Rouges du Bas (70 year old vines) and 0.5 ha of Les Quartiers de Nuits (45 year old vines). 12 barrels produced in 2018. 60% new oak. Ripe and juicy with densely packed array of mixed berries and sweet oak spices. Echezeaux was the first to bottle. Fragrant nose but showing 1er Cru depth only (the quality of Echezeaux and Clos Vougeot is variable). Should be approachable on the younger-side. (89-90/100)

Ruchottes Chambertin Grand Cru 2018

10 barrels produced in 2018. 70% new oak. The Ruchottes Chambertin is one of my favourite wines from Mugneret Gibourg, always complex and graceful. In 2018, the Ruchottes Chambertin offers good freshness, only 13.5% alcohol. Seductive bouquet of sweet red berries, sandalwood, cool climate minerals and mild forest floor. Elegant with silky smooth tannins. This will need time to develop. (92/100)

Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2018

Mugneret Gibourg’s Clos Vougeot plot is right next to the Chateau de Vougeot at the top of Montiotes hautes. Only 5.5 barrels produced in 2018. 70% new oak. Concentrated and tight, a dense array of crunchy red berries and blueberries. Sweet sandalwood spices and fine grained-tannins. Masculine but good balance between acidity and body. 14% alcohol but well balanced. (92/100)

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