Over the past fifteen years, Vosne-Romanée’s Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg has joined Fourrier, Mugnier, Roumier and Rousseau in the very top echelon of red Burgundy growers.
The domaine’s wines have, in John Gilman’s words, moved it to “the very pinnacle of quality in the Côte d’Or,” while Allen Meadows observes that “over the past few years, I can’t think of any domaine that has performed better.”
Such praise, and the discovery of Mugneret-Gibourg’s consistent brilliance, has taken them from insider’s secret to blue chip. Demand for its tiny production has skyrocketed, particularly for the top Grand Crus—Ruchottes-Chambertin and Clos de Vougeot —driving them up into $500+ territory.
But there is one remaining bargain in the domaine’s repertoire: its Vosne-Romanée. Year after year, it embodies the rich fruit, silky texture and elegant structure that make this village such hallowed ground.
Mugneret-Giborug’s version is that rare village wine that is passionately collected, with prices starting out in the $100 range and moving up from there. If you could find the legendary 2002 in the U.S. it would set you back nearly $200.
We’ve been buying Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanee on release over the years and have acquired a fabulous library of vintages from the beginning of this century. Based on these painstaking acquisitions, we’ve assembled an extraordinary 12-bottle mixed case of great vintages from 2002 to 2010. The market price for the set is easily $1700, but we can offer it for just $1450, while they last.
The late Dr. Georges Mugneret was one of France’s leading ophthalmologists, yet his passion was his vineyards and the wines he made from them. From Gevrey-Chambertin to Nuits-Saint-Georges, he made quintessential renderings of some of the Côte de Nuits finest terroirs.
His Vosne Romanée was emblematic of his genius. He made it from parcels located in the different sectors of the village that Henri Jayer insisted were the basis of the most harmonious marriages of perfumed elegance, richness and structure.
Marie-Christine and Marie-Andrée continue to use his approach as their blueprint, yet it is their fine tuning that has placed them among the handful of the Côte d’Or’s greatest producers. As with all of the domaine’s wines, the Vosne-Romanée fruit is destemmed and given a long slow fermentation at moderate temperature.
The Mugneret sisters are particularly skilled in their use of oak for aging, which is always seamlessly integrated into the wine. And because of the strict selection at harvest, there is never a need for fining or filtration.
Year after year, the Mugneret-Gibourg Vosne-Romanée is, in the words of John Gilman, “the epitome of grace, breed and complexity.”
Here’s a rare opportunity to experience this cuvée’s magic over eight great vintages, from 2002 to 2010. It’s unlikely you’ll have the chance again.
Contains 2 bottles each of:
2005, 2006, 2008 & 2009
and 1 bottle each of:
2002, 2004, 2007 & 2010
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