2014 Vosne-Romanée - Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg

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 Tart bing cherry, dry leaves, fresh cranberry. Juicy orange peel, rose petal, dirty raspberry. Powdered cumin and crushed rosemary, wild mushroom and pine cone. Farm-stand strawberry, crunchy rhubarb, and roadside pomegranate highlight a lean, dirty, tart fruit profile that dances with delicate florals in expansive and rustic elegance. Coriander and cardamom project fragrant exotic spice that rises above iron and tense limestone minerality. Tightly wound and still extremely young, at this stage requiring a solid decant to reveal its gorgeously complex old world charm. Medium in body with subtle tannin and booming acidity, containing oodles of raw energy within an extremely classic and restrained profile. This 2014 Vosne-Romanée by Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg is an absolutely outstanding wine from the world's greatest village for Pinot Noir.

Located squarely in the heart of Burgundy's Cote de Nuits the village of Vosne-Romanée is home to a precious handful of the worlds most prestigious Pinot Noir vineyards. Wines produced from the Grand Cru sites of Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, and Richebourg can sell for tens of thousands of dollars a bottle and are often some of the world's rarest and most coveted wines. This bottling, crafted by Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg using Pinot Noir fruit sourced from within Vosne-Romanée, provides a fantastic glimpse into what makes this tiny village so revered. Although clearly more modest than its Grand Cru cousins this wine is extraordinarily complex and layered, showcasing delicious earthiness, expressive spice, and pretty fruit in nearly equal parts. This is an absolute benchmark for what Pinot Noir should be and has been a total joy to experience.