Bruce’s Pick: 2014 Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits, “Les Dames Huguettes,” $26.00

The more 2014 red Burgs that I taste, the more I am impressed by this somewhat under-the-radar vintage. While 2015 got all the hype, its predecessor is certainly not a vintage to overlook. It’s all about elegance (as opposed to power), with 2014 displaying nuance, purity and transparency. 

Wines accessible in their youth, but with the balance to insure good mid-term ageability. This Mongeard-Mugneret Bourgogne from a five acre parcel (“Les Dames Hugettes”), above the main villages of the Côte, is a very approachable example that shows hints of the best facets of the vintage. It is a medium-bodied wine with a balanced softness that caresses the palate. I hate the generic term “smooth,” but that accurately describes the impression of this wine. We have carried the wines from this producer for nearly two decades, and if this near entry level example is any evidence of his success in 2014, the entire range of Mongeard-Mugneret is well worth seeking out.