Grand Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2014
Note: from vines adjacent to those of Domaine de la Romanée Conti in Richebourg proper totaling .31 ha; 100% whole cluster vinification
Producer note: Vincent Mongeard succinctly describes 2012 as a "vintage where the underlying terroir really shines. It's very interesting that over the last few years we have had less than ideal growing seasons yet the wines have turned out to be better than merely acceptable. Part of this is of course improved methods of viticulture but also both producer and consumers are more accepting of the fact that a less than ideal growing season does not automatically equate to poor wines the way it often once did. I like my 2012s and I hope my clients do too. I just wish that I had more of them." I would call the Mongeard 2012s as very much performing in-line with the overall quality of the vintage. As I explained last year, 2011 was the last vintage for the old vines Echézeaux because the parcel that has been historically used to produce it was donated to the Hospices de Beaune by its owner (this parcel had been leased by Mongeard). I revisited this wine below in bottle. (Atherton Wine Imports, www.awiwine.com, Atherton, CA, M.S. Walker, www.mswalker.com, MA/RI/NH, Vineyard Brands, www.vineyardbrands.com, Birmingham, Al; several UK importers).
Tasting note: A distinctly toasty nose of subtle spice, earth and very cool yet ripe dark berry fruit aromas are trimmed in plenty of floral character. There is gorgeous intensity to the mineral-driven big-bodied flavors that possess outstanding delineation on the extract-rich mid-palate before terminating in a refined but overtly powerful and muscular finish that delivers strikingly good length. This too is decidedly built for longer-term cellaring.