AMAZING VALUE & GREAT STORY!
"The 2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Les Vergelesses comes from the domaine's 0.75-hectare of 50-year-old vines bought in 2003. It has a slightly static nose at the moment, especially when compared to the excellent 2014 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Plateaux. With aeration it begins to open and offer light floral aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin, a little rigid in the mouth and does not quite flow like its fellow 2014s from Mongeard-Mugneret. Afford this a couple of years in bottle to see if it will settle down, because this seems rather disjointed at the moment.
The last time I visited Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret was when I was tasting their 2005s back in January 2007. It had been too long and with word on the street that their wines had improved in recent years, I thought it would be an opportune moment to knock on their doors once again. I was met by Vincent Mongeard, who has an impressive array of holdings at his disposal, including enviable locations in both Grands-Echézeaux and Richebourg among many others that total around 30-hectares over 35 appéllations. The wines undergo a short cold maceration, are 100% destemmed, and then the wines are fermented in 25- to 60-hectolitre stainless steel tanks. The grand crus are aged in 60% to 100% new oak, the premier and village crus between 30% and 50%, in particular from the forest of Tronçais that Vincent selects personally. It was a profitable visit. Whereas previously I felt that the general quality ought to be higher, more commensurate with their holdings, I found greater precision and terroir expression than in the past. I recommend reacquainting yourself with Mongeard-Mugneret just like I did this year." (WA)
A MOST APPEALING RED 1er CRU ESTATE BTLD. BURGUNDY AT A TRUE BARGAIN OF $46.95 2014 PERNAND VERGELESSES, PREMIER CRU LES VERGELESSES Est.Btld. MONGEARD-MUGNERET
It was many years ago in a private conversation with Frank Schoonmaker (then America’s number one wine expert and writer) that he said to me that when it came to a Burgundy value (and he was quite a Burgundy expert) that the best bargain may be the Premier Cru vineyard of Les Vergelesses in the Cote d’Beaune township of Pernand-Vergelesses, which directly adjoins and is totally in the style of the wines of the commune of Aloxe-Corton. He concluded by adding that the major reason for its great value, may be because the name of the commune and the vineyard are so difficult to pronounce in English. Oh, and by the way, the particular Les Vergelesses he was speaking of was from the same Mongeard-Mugneret estate grower-wine maker as is recommended in this review.
This solid medium bodied Burgundy is filled with classic French Pinot Noir character and charm with a lasting elegant finish. The predominate aromas and tastes are the usual Pinot Noir fellow travelers of ripe rich currants, raspberries, dark plums and that so easy to spot but so hard to define classic Pinot Noir essence.
Certainly one of the best Burgundies around selling for under $65, let alone its bargain sale price of $46.95. At three years of age it is now most enjoyable and will even gain with 2 or 4 years more bottle age and will keep well throughout the 2020’s.
PRICE: $46.95, **** bargain
WHERE: Los Angeles Wine Co.
(Martin's Guide to Wine Bargains)