Tuesday Quick Sip – 2006 Mongeard-Mugneret Savigny–les–Beaune 1er Cru Les Narbantons

2006 Mongeard-Mugneret Savigny–les–Beaune 1er Cru Les Narbantons

Wine Information:

Country: France

Region: Burgundy

Appellation: Savigny-les-Beaune

Vineyard: Les Narbantons

Cooperage: 35% in new French Oak

Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir

Price: $48

My Tasting Notes:

Nose: mushroom, slight barnyard, raspberry

Taste: black cherry, red clay, leather and black pepper (taste not spicy), wet forest

Mouthfeel: silky and balanced with great acidity and young leathery tannins

Finish: long with dark fruit and slight earthy notes

Beautiful wine, that is drinking well now but shows that it still has a lot of life left in it. Not inexpensive by any means, but definitely a great value for a Premier Cru red Burgundy.


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A little more oak than I would’ve liked – 2005 Domaine des Deux Roches Saint-Veran

When I turn to a white Burgundy I look to enjoy a wine that is crisp, lots of minerality and great fruit but not a lot of oak. Unfortunately the 2005 Domaine des Deux Roches Saint-Veran “Rives de Longsault” ($20) did provide, in my opinion, a bit to much pure oak aromas and flavors than I would have liked but not enough to put me off. Saint-Veran was granted AOC status in 1971, and Domaine des Deux Roches is one of the finest producers in the area according to many experts.

The information on vinification and barrel aging on the website is limited to A slow alcoholic fermentation is done in temperature controlled stainless steel vats ( 70%) and barrels (30%) in order to

preserve the freshness of the fruit and express the best soil expression. After alcoholic and malolactic fermentations we age our wine on fine lees until April.” I am not sure if only 30% remained in oak or if all of it went in after primary fermentation and what percentage was new versus used barrels. I imagine that it was a good percentage of new oak as I am to overly sensitive to the “Oak Monster” as Gary Vaynerchuk calls it.

2005domaindesrochesMy Tasting Notes –

Nose: toasty oak, pear, persimmon, butter and hazelnut

Taste: toast, citrus, wood, mineral, blue slate, apple and pear

Mouthfeel: loads of acidity, full bodied and tart

Finish: long with the acidity lingering around

As far as structure goes I think this is classic Burgundy, but again the predominance of oak at the front end of both the aroma and flavor profile surprised me. The rest of the flavors were very layered and came through quite nicely despite the oak presence. The acidity and minerality were fantastic and this would make a great pairing for shellfish. If you are a fan of Burgundy but would like a little more “new world” oak influence give this one a try, although in doing some internet searching I didn’t see too much of the ’05 out there, mostly ’06 and ’07.


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Going Through Old Tasting Notes

I was going through some old tasting notes and found this one (2005 Domaine Jean Luc Dubois, Chorey-Les Beaune, “clos margot”) and couldn’t believe I hadn’t posted about it. I was unable to find the picture for it on my camera or in my files and since I drank this in April, I do not have original image of the bottle. In addition, I was unfortunately not able to locate much information on Domaine Jean Luc Dubois via the World Wide Web except for this snippet from their importer, Michael Skurnik Wines.


From his website

Jean-Luc Dubois inherited his vineyards in Beaune and the domaine from his father, Paul Dubois, in 1988. Though Jean-Luc’s father never bottled more than 1 barrel per appellation, Jean Luc has  estate bottled his wine for the last 15 years recognizing that domaine bottling was the wave of the future for  Burgundian farmers.  In total the domaine has 7.5 ha of land.


The designation Chorey-Les Beaune is given to identify the village that this wine came from and I pretty sure that Clos Margot is the vineyard. Chorey-Les Beaune is quite small, around 400 acres and is the closest village to Beaune. Having a generally flat topography it is not the ideal location in Burgundy to grow grapes as are the famous Cotes that abound in the region. This makes it all the more interesting that they are able to produce good quality wines from this area and is probably part of the reason that they are relatively inexpensive.


My Tasting Notes –

Nose – Cherry, raspberry, oregano, espresso, tomato paste, barny (not the purple childrens character)

Taste – cinnamon, green peper, cherry, stone/mineral

Mouthfeel – Medium body, soft tannins, fairly bright acidity

Finish – long and clean


My final note on this wine in my tasting book was “yummy”, and that really sums up this Red Burgundy quite well. At $22 it, in my opinion is a great value considering the region and how truly good Burgundies are hard to find under $30.  It was very well balanced, lots of layers and very drinkable for a 2005 although you could definitely hold on to it for a while longer.  I am pretty sure it is fairly well distributed since so you should be able to find it wherever you are.


Enjoy. Cheers!!


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