The Domaine's Evolution written by Pascal Mugneret (Nov. 2019)
I decided to become a vigneron in order to have freedom in my professional life. Working for the family domaine was also an opportunity to preserve what my great grandfather René and my father Gérard created. Finally, I wanted to do something with my hands. This is how, in 2005, I took over from my father, with the intention of carrying on the family tradition. Then, a transition took place. I progressively became absorbed in all facets of this unique profession: the vineyards first, then the vinification. Sales came later.
Looking back, I realize that compartmentalizing these different aspects was a habit I had kept from my first career as an engineer. Unconsciously, my first ten years as a winemaker created the framework for a deeper, more integrated reflection...
2016 to...? Freedom
We have reached a true turning point. This is a time to eliminate incoherencies, contradictions, constraints. We continue to perpetually question why we do what we do, with attention to detail. The responses should remain circumstantial. It is the sum of these details that allow us, little by little, to get closer to our goal.
At a Glance
- Size: 1.50 ha (3.71 ac)
- Variety: Pinot Noir
- Vine Age: Planted from 1961 to 1971
- Terroir: 15 different parcels from north to south of the village
- Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
- Vinification: 50% whole-cluster, indigenous yeast fermentation, Aged for 15-18 months in barrel (30% new oak).
From the winemaker. A beacon village appellation in the Côte de Nuits, our Vosne-Romanée reflects our choice to blend all of the village-level cuvées that we vinify in order to obtain a Vosne-Romanée that is, in it’s own way, geographically representative of the appellation as a whole.
The vineyards that we farm for this cuvée are divided in the following way: 37% from the northern part of the village, 39% from the center, and 23% from the southern part of the village. The wine demonstrates how beautifully these terroirs balance each other, as well as expressing Vosne’s various soil types.
Vosne-Romanée is an appellation of great elegance, with a solid structure and silky tannins, resulting in very harmonious wines.
Subtle spice nuances and notes of red and black fruits offer a beautiful aromatic complexity. While it’s a crowd-pleaser of a wine, it still maintains its distinct personality.