Impeccably well-balanced - 2011 Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanee

Posted by Ian McFadden

"Utterly delicious…and impeccably well-balanced" -Burghound
2011 Mugneret-Gibourg

It's impossible for me not to kick off 2014 with a 2011 Mugneret-Gibourg.

You can think of this email as an addendum to my 2013 wine of the year, the '11 Chaignots from Mugneret-Gibourg.

Mugneret-Gibourg is one of the great successes of 2011, and that's why I keep returning to them. Their 2011s were easily among the most memorable wines of my Burgundy trip this year. They really "got" the vintage.

What makes Mugneret-Gibourg's 2011 Vosne-Romanée so compelling is how it combines a seductive texture with an ultra-fine and elegant precision. To return to the Burghound quote above, it's "utterly delicious... and impeccably well-balanced." Put another way, this is simply a gorgeous wine. Nobody can combine these elements the way that Mugneret-Gibourg does.

I've had a soft spot for Mugneret-Gibourg's Vosne-Romanée for some time. For me there's no better example of a village-level Vosne than Mugneret-Gibourg's. For every vintage of this wine I stash at least a handful of bottles to age. With 5 to 8 years of age, it becomes a heart-breaking tapestry of suave, velvety dark fruits, earth and exotic spices.

I can't tell you how many times I've been in the cellars of serious Burgundy collectors, and there among the greatest Grand and 1er Crus is a big pile of Mugneret-Gibourg's Vosne-Romanée.

This all goes to explain why every vintage I search high and low to amass enough of this wine to offer. It's never easy. To be honest, I invest the same amount of time finding this "little" Vosne as I do securing top producers' Grand Crus. It's always worth it, though. This is one of the wines that I love and want to share.

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Ian McFadden
Director, Fine and Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

Burghound: "Here the expressive nose is a bit more elegant with essence of plum and violet aromas that are trimmed in notes of anise and sandalwood. There is a silky texture to the utterly delicious and seductively proportioned medium-bodied flavors that are not especially concentration but they are harmonious and impeccably well-balanced."