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2002 Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux Vieille Vigne

Publish Date: 29 Dec 2014

Authored by: James Halliday

2002 vintage Burgundies are now starting to come into full bloom, albeit with another decade - probably two - in front of them as the crest the plateau of perfection. I've always liked Mongeard's style, some whole bunch part of the equation with its Grand Crus. Echezeaux is an underrated Grand Cru, and one that has always appealed to me, almost irrespective of the maker; and here the Vieille Vigne meant what it said. This wine really does come from old vines planted 1954 and 1969 (according to Remington Norman) or 1929 and 1948 (according to the Domaine!). It is perhaps for this reason that as from the 2012 vintage, Mongeard-Mugneret is abandoning the term, and using a proprietary name. It is perfumed, with voluminous soft spices integral to both the bouquet and palate, red fruits dominating the mid-palate, before a touch of darker forest comes on the finish, underwritten by fine tannins. Stuffed capsicums was a slightly left-of-centre food match, but worked well.

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