Comparatively large by Burgundian standards, Mongeard-Mugneret are a brilliant producer that make plush and opulently fruited wines with great underlying balance and minerality. This means the wines are approachable in their youth but age surprisingly well.
It is a little bit mean and mineral at first look but with time open this wine blossoms into an elegant and graceful wine with wafting perfume and a silky core. The palate is taut and mineral with dark fruits. A hint of the peacocks tail is here too. A lovely wine drinking from now. I’ve have it with hanger steak at Pei Modern and it was perfection.
There are a handful of producers in this village that make amazing wine. Facing the hill of Corton they are clearly inspired to make fruit rich, silken wines with length of flavour. If you find a good one buy as much as you can find/afford because the value here is excellent.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.