Mongeard Mugneret Echezeaux Grand Cru 2016
The Echezaux Grand Cru lies in the southeastern fillet belt of Vosne-Romanée and borders on Le Musigny Grand Cru, Clos Vougeot and Grands-Echezeaux. We have a relatively pure limestone with fine clayey inserts. The numerous limestones store the warmth of the day and radiate it back to the vines at night. Depending on the vintage, the grapes are fermented to a smaller extent as whole grapes and expanded with a new wood content of 60-80% in barriques. We really have a big plant here that puts a good corner on the Premiers Crus from Vosne-Romanée. Outstanding intensity on the nose with the typical mix of red and dark berries in the mature, balanced style of Mongeard. We find so much sweet cherry, also black cherry, oak seasoning also ripe blackberry, currant is sprinkled in and provides animating freshness despite the opulent fruit. A light veil of floral notes and sweet spices underlines the nose, licorice, licorice and cinnamon, clove pepper and dark graphite minerality, almost a little Goudron. This mixture of opulence, grandeur and complexity is what characterizes a Grand Cru in the end. On the palate a black and red fruity symphony, we have the incarnation of the southern nuits with wild forest berries, almost cassis, a lot of sweet red and black cherry in an extraordinarily juicy intensity, also earthy, spicy, simply extraordinarily powerful but always supple. Great intensity of the fruit and velvety power characterize all Mongeard wines, what is added to the Echezeaux compared to the Premiers Crus from Vosne-Romanée is this certain structural power, a concentrated, herb-resistant tannin backbone, which gives the Echezaux significantly more structure and Gives cohesion. We are ripe, velvety and super fine-pored, but the striking structure of the Echezeaux indicates that it will take a certain time to melt the extremely dense, spicy interwoven core with the tannins and then to bloom in full complexity . Despite its noticeable power, the finish is extremely polished, fine sand and from intense, graphite-borne black and red berry fruit to a delicately fading finish. The last bit of depth, opulence and structural power can only be reached in the fillet strip of the middle of the slope, where the grands crus frolic. Especially in the elegant Superyear 2016, which was dominated by an extremely difficult growth period, the Grand Cru location again proves to be the key to great shelf life.