Concentrated flavour and excellent structure with well integrated tannins, red cherry fruit and a hint of earthy minerality.
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 grandfather and grandmother 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.
Vincent takes an intelligent and pragmatic view of his vineyards: "I adopt many of the practices of organics and biodynamics," he says. "But all of our vineyards are different and require different approaches, so the use of one philosophy would not give us the quality we're looking for." Because of this, the harvest lasts for over a month. The soils of Savigny-lés-Beaune are ideally suited to growing vines and are also comparatively deep. The 36 year old vines are Guyot pruned. Severe debudding in spring and a green harvest in the summer helps regulate the crop and increases high quality and maturity.
2014 was a demanding vintage, requiring a lot of effort and care, which was eventually rewarded with success. The wines show a real aromatic purity, great balance and are unexpectedly deep in colour.
The grapes were de-stemmed and underwent a cold maceration for four to five days to obtain colour, aroma and tannin. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at 30ºC for 12-15 days. A gentle pressing of the grapes was then made to extract a good level of tannins. The free run juice and the press juice were then unified in stainless steel tanks before being run off by gravity into French oak barrels, 10% of which were new. The wine underwent malolactic fermentation and was then further aged for a period of 18-22 months. Finally the wine was bottled without filtering.
This wine has a beautifully bright, deep ruby colour. The nose shows expressive fresh red fruit with notes of strawberry and raspberry. The aromas are subtle and delicate with harmonious floral notes. On the palate, the tannins are silky and elegant with a very nice balance between acidity and roundness.
Beautifully bright, light, ruby Pinot colour. Wild strawberries on the nose with amazing purity, 12.5% alcohol, and lightness of touch which really speak of a cool climate. Looking for Burgundian elegance? – this is it. However, this wine is no shrinking violet and has fine tannins and high acidity. Some will find this austere on its own, but it really refreshes the palate if drunk with food.
Ruby garnet in colour. Bright and attractive on the nose, this Pinot Noir has abundant raspberry, strawberry and spice aromas on the nose. The palate is racy with velvety tannins and a long finish - delicious!
The very lightly oaked Escale Pinot Noir is elegant and fruity, displaying all the hallmarks of the Pinot grape with hints of raspberries on the nose and silky tannin structure on the palate.
Garnet in colour with aromas of raspberries, cedar, leather and exotic spices, the wine`s berry and cherry flavours are framed by soft tannins and continue throughout its on the lingering finish.
Ruby red in colour. The bouquet is seductive with complex aromas, such as ripe soft fruits and cherries, spicy notes of pepper and leather. In the mouth the wine shows soft, full tannins, elegance and subtlety, with structure and harmonious body before the long finish.
A wine with great structure supporting the ripe strawberry fruit and soft leather character. Lovely depth on the palate with rounded tannis and fine acidity keeping the juicy fruit in check. The elegant finish rounds off with a red fruit note.
A refined, medium bodied wine with a beautiful bright ruby colour. Dense wild blackberry fruit, licquorice and nutmeg flavours explode on the palate like a firework. The woody character is subtle and marries well with the other aromas and flavours.
The 2013 vintage was awarded 95 points and Outstanding status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2016 edition review of New Zealand Pinot Noir (see blue link below). The 2013 vintage has now sold out across the UK. We realise that customers may want to draw their own conclusions regarding the applicability of that review to the 2014 vintage, so include fiches techniques for the two years.
An intensely fragrant Marlborough Pinot - full of juicy black cherries and the sweet scent of homemade strawberry jam, intermingled with more savoury suggestions and a hint of sarsaparilla. The firm but finely structured palate blends red and black fruits with chary, smoky oak and rich liquorice. This is a deliciously aromatic wine with concentrated varietal character.