Mugneret-Gibourg Grand Crus: 2011 Clos de Vougeot, Ruchottes-Chambertin & Echezeaux

Posted by Ian McFadden

Mugneret-Gibourg Grand Crus
2011 Clos Vougeot
2011 Echézeaux
2011 Ruchottes-Chambertin

I don't think that I've ever been able to offer all three of Mugneret-Gibourg's Grand Crus before.

I say this knowing that in reality the quantities are pretty small.

When you start looking around for these, you realize they're virtually non-existent. Mugneret-Gibourg's Grand Crus are basically ghosts disappearing the moment they leave the cellar.

For me, Mugneret-Gibourg's are magical wines. They're beautifully complex with deep enveloping, almost sensual textures and yet they walk on tiptoes with a heartbreaking grace. This is undoubtedly Mugneret-Gibourg's signature, from their Bourgogne Rouge on up. Still, their Grand Crus take this signature to its apogee.

Mugneret-Gibourg is one of the great successes of 2011. They were easily among the most memorable wines of my Burgundy trip last year. You taste the wines and immediately know that they "got" the vintage.

Their 2011 Grand Crus boast dead serious structures, crazy purity and a deep complexity that piles nuance upon nuance of earth, mineral, fruit and flower. To start with the 2011 Ruchottes, this is extremely mineral and super-fine. The Echézeaux is so beautifully pure and suave. Finally, there's Clos de Vougeot, the sought-after benchmark of what this site can achieve. The 2011 is a gorgeous example.

These are really beautiful wines. I wish there were more, but I'm just excited to be able to offer these out at all.

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

Burghound: "A deftly wooded nose surrounds the ripe aromas of cassis, natural spice, warm earth and violets. There is an opulent mouth feel to the pure and palate coating flavors that brim with an impressive reserve of dry extract before terminating in a long and saline-infused finish. This is robust but not rustic or austere and should reward longer-term cellaring."

Burghound: "Discreet but not invisible wood envelopes ripe, cool and exceptionally pure aromas that convey notes of wet stone, truffle, essence of wild red berries and a panoply of earth hints. There is more underlying material to the extract-rich, powerful and intensely mineral-driven broad-shouldered flavors that are underpinned by firm but well-integrated tannins and outstanding length on the notably more complex finish. Good stuff that should age gracefully over a long period if desired."

Burghound: "A ripe yet discreet and restrained cool red berry fruit nose also displays notes of warm earth, spice, plum and floral hints. There is excellent richness and overt power to the relatively refined medium weight plus flavors thanks to the fine grained tannins that coat the mouth on the explosively long finish. This impeccably well-balanced effort is clearly the best in show in 2011 as well as the most obviously structured."