Mongeard-Mugneret treats its 1er Crus and its Grand Crus to new Oak. This wine receives up to 70% of new oak ageing for up to 22 months. For these reasons the wine appeals greatly to American consumers and has received over the years rave reviews from the Wine Advocate.
The wine was enjoyed at a three star rated Michelin restaurant serving a full course dinner. Very nice!
The nose offered red fruit with a lovely bouquet of flowers. Terms such as "rose petals" and "violets" were discussed at the table. All agreed that the wine had aged beautifully and could benefit from a few years more in bottle but that it was drinking immensely well now. There was an earthy quality to the taste in the mouth which gave us the impression of "a walk in an autumn wood". The texture is obviously "oaky" but spice is nicely balanced with some acidity. The wine was a lovely colour of red. Approaching tannins that are sweet and approachable.
Right off the bat this had an intense nose of hoisin, and asian spice. After an hour in decanter, the fruits came more to the forefront but still having all of the Asian action, and a nice cool long finish. This showed very young but approachable. There was some hints of underbrush and damp earth, and was very enjoyable. this was a 375ml.
Red cherry and raspberry on the nose, shades of earth and red flowers; not the slightest hint of age. This is primary in the mouth as well, with notable amounts of ripeness and structure. Ample amounts of cherry and raspberry, very nice mid-palate sap, and it finishes with ripe and substantial tannins. This tasted very young, and would certainly be improved and evolved by more time in the cellar.
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