Good bright, deep red. Spicy, high-toned aromas of redcurrant and flowers. Complex and sharply delineated, with a penetrating quality and excellent thrust to the flavors of red fruits, mint, spices and earth. This dense and tactile wine really saturates the palate. Finishes firmly tannic, with lovely lingering perfume.
Robert Parker 91
Incense, cardamom, kirsch and framboise pungently and penetratingly mark the nose of Mugneret 2006 Echezeaux. This displays real panache on the palate, with persistent spicy pungency and its distilled fruit essences now paralleled by vividly fresh, tart, juicy berries. As with its fellow 2006s here, distinctive notes of wood are on display, too. A long, reverberating finish makes positive use of the invigorating potential of fine-grained tannins. This should probably be left in peace for at least 3 years and should be worth following for at least a decade. The Mugneret sisters engaged in serious triage and crop-dropping in their vineyards in early September, obviating, they claimed, the need for more than modest additional culling on sorting tables. They report having had to be vigilant during fermentations that had a natural tendency to run warm and fast, and gentle in extraction in order to preserve the naturally forward fruitiness which they said was immediately evident from the aromas when fermentation commenced, and which reminds them most of 1997, though ultimately with more structure. Like many growers, the Mugnerets were surprised at the levels of potential alcohol reached by their crop given the meteorological conditions, but they stuck by their regimen of light chaptalization in order to, they insist, beneficially extend the fermentations ” an approach which at this address no one I know has ever accused of diminishing potential elegance, or clarity of fruit. “Chaptalization has an unjustly bad name,” adds Marie-Christine Mugneret to reinforce their point. (Incidentally, although there have been plans to legally reconstitute this estate under a single name, each of its appellations continues for now to belong to either Domaine Georges Mugneret or Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg, a distinction I have intentionally blurred in referring to the wines of this cellar by the hybrid name “Georges Mugneret Gibourg” which its proprietors hope will eventually become official.) A Peter Vezan Selection (various importers), Paris; fax 011 33 1 42 55 42 93
Anticipated maturity: 2012-2022