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.
- Winemaker: Vincent Mongeard
- Alcohol (ABV): 13 %
- Case barcode: No
- Bottle barcode: 3576700175159
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.
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.
The grapes were hand-sorted, destalked and underwent a cool pre-fermentation maceration at 12-14ºC 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.
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.