Dominique Mugneret is the third generation in a family business founded by his grandfather in 1936. From his cellar beneath the streets of Vosne, the world’s number one Burgundy village, he produces small quantities of excellent wines like this one. Alliance des Terroirs (roughly ‘partnership of places’) is a cuvée, or blend, of grapes grown in five different pinot noir vineyards from vines planted between 1946 and 1966. After picking, the grapes are 100% destemmed and cold-macerated for 4-6 days and after fermentation in tank the wine matures in oak barrels (25% new) for 16-17 months. Like all Vosne-Romanée pinot, the wine’s hallmark is its elegance – a soft mouthfeel, discreet tannins and gentle acidity, with a lingering, red-fruit flavoured finish.
Dominique took over completely in 1999, introducing biodynamic principles towards his vineyard husbandry, cultivating grass between rows to regulate vigour, fully de-stemming fruit and only intermittently racking during elevage. This is a small winery located opposite the Clos des Reas vineyard in Vosne-Romanee, a fairly rudimentary winery that nevertheless creates commendable wines. Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate.
From the most valuable 240ha of vinous real estate in the world comes this fragrant, gently spicy wine with aromas of cherry and blackberry and underlying earthy, mushroomy, gamey notes. Silky mouthfeel, soft tannins and a fine, savoury finish. The Burgundy model for Pinot Noir.
'Juicy berries and cherry, a sweet earthy component, spice and a little mint. Medium bodied, ample fruit, but with some restraint, finely etched acidity, a lick of tannin gives a gentle rasp, and a long cool finish of fine length. Punching well above its weight for a village wine, I feel.'
Renowned for producing some of the finest and most expensive wines in the world, it is one of the jewels in the Côte de Nuits’ crown and boasts the biggest concentration of top vineyards in the entire Côte d’Or with some of the world’s finest producers - not only with talent, but pioneers of innovation.
The wines are intense and powerful with finesse and elegance. Although Vosne-Romanée’s Grand Cru wines of La Tache, La Romanée and Richebourg are a wine aficionado’s household names (and dreams), the commune’s Premier Cru wines are magnificent and with a well deserved reputation.