Nuits-Saint-Georges `Les Plateaux`

Côte de Nuits

Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret

Vincent Mongeard and wife Anne are the current custodians of Mongeard-Mugneret, one of...

Burgundy's great domaines. The estate was founded when Vincent's grandparents pooled vineyard resources in the 1920s. Today, they have 33 hectares, stretching from Beaune in the south to Marsannay in the north and ranging from basic Bourgogne to holdings in Grand Crus such as Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, Echézeaux and Grands Echézeaux.

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Vineyards

The Nuits St Georges vineyards consist predominantly of hollows and rising ground but there are also some plots, as is the case with the aptly named 'Les Plateaux', which are flat. The soils are a mixture of sedimentary layers dating back to the middle of the Jurassic period. Oligocene marls lie to the north of Nuits with clayey loams covering much of the area. These are combined with red loams on beds of flint as well as alluvial soils from the valley of the Meuzin, a small river which divides the Nuits vineyards to the north and south. The altitude of the vineyards does not exceed 265 metres and the average age of the vines is 30-45 years old. Harvesting is done exclusively by hand.

Vintage Information

2015 was overall a good year with moderate rainfall followed by warm weather to aid ripening. A mild, wet winter replenished water reserves which was much needed with the hot, dry summer that followed. A few centimetres of rain in June, followed by a further centimetre or so in August, were critical to refresh the vineyards and ensure even ripening.

Vinification

The grapes were hand-sorted, destalked and underwent a cool pre-fermentation maceration at 12-14ÂșC to extract colour and flavours. The must then underwent a cool fermentation on the skins for three to four weeks in order to preserve the freshness of the fruit. The wine was aged in 30-40% new French oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

Full and firm, with a deep intense colour and rich and complex aromas of cherries, blackcurrants and truffles. Earthy on the palate, with hints of spice. Very firm structure and an excellent balance between tannins, the rounded mouthfeel and a clean fresh acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Vincent Mongeard
Alcohol (ABV) 13%