What WEA say?
What do the Critics say?
Allen Meadows, Burghound #53
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.
John Gilman, View from the Cellar #50
I did not have a chance to visit the Mongeard family this past November, as the very short yields of 2012 had them cutting back on the number of visitors to taste in the cellars. I was very happy therefore, to run into them at Les Grands Jours at the Château de Clos Vougeot and have a chance to sample a few of their very fine 2012s. This is estate is really making superb wines these days and deserve to be much more highly regarded than they are in some circles, as I find their wines more interesting and classic in style than several other domaines in this village that have far bigger reputations than the Mongeard-Mugneret. They tend to start out life pretty new oaky in personality, but unlike some of their neighbors’ wines, the oak is quickly eaten up by the depth of fruit here and the wines are quite classic in style and balance once they have had a bit of bottle age. I know it is completely unfashionable of me to state that this is one of my absolute favorite estates in Vosne-Romanée, but I have great respect for the long and illustrious track record of the Mongeard-Mugneret wines and am very happy to have them well-represented in my personal cellar.