2017 Mongeard-Mugneret, Savigny-Les-Beaune, 1er Cru Les Narbantons, $72
Winery info: The Mongeard family has a long history of winemaking in Burgundy. Records show a Mongeard working as vigneron for the storied Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in 1786. Vincent Mongeard began working with his father in 1975 and encouraged him to reintroduce many traditional practices, including limited filtering of the wines. Vincent took over in 1995 and today he oversees their many small plots scattered over 35 different appellations. His wines are known for their rich, supple fruit.
Grapes: 100% Pinot Noir, from low yielding vines averaging 45- to 50-years in age. This wine typically sees about 30 to 40 percent new oak.
Vineyard: From a small parcel in the Premier Cru vineyard, Les Narbantons, with limestone and sandy marl soils. The site tends to produce concentrated Pinots with earthy fruit flavors.
Flavor Profile: A wine of great character and finesse, with elegant, concentrated aromas, flavors of red and dark fruit, and subtle minerality. It has lovely texture and a nice hint of savory earth.
Availability: This wine is moving to a large national distributor so it will be difficult to buy more in the future. We grabbed what we could before that happened.
Drinkability: Delicious even when young, you could enjoy this wine up to 2025.
Food Pairing: It would pair well with duck, goose, game birds, Époisses cheese, or roasted carrots.
2017 Kellerei Cantina Terlan, “Terlaner Classico,” $31
Winery info: Kellerei Terlan (Cantina Terlano, in Italian), is located in the Dolomite mountains in northern Italy’s Alto Adige region, or Sudtirol (South Tryol) to the local German speakers. It is one of the most respected cooperatives in Italy, founded in 1893 in the village of Terlano. Because of the unique climate and geology here, the term “Terlano Classico” can be added to the DOC designation on the labels of wines sourced exclusively from this area.
Grapes: A blend of 60% Pinot Bianco, 30% Chardonnay, and 10% Sauvignon Blanc. Fermented in stainless steel, then aged 20% in large oak barrels and 80% in stainless steel for six months.
Vineyard: The vineyards are planted on south facing slopes, where the porphyry rocks accumulate warmth and the porous soil allows the water to drain well, keeping the soil dry around the roots of the vines. The unique soil and microclimate produces wines with distinctive character, known for their longevity.
Flavor Profile: This blend of classic Alto Adige white grapes is very expressive of the mountain freshness of the Alpine region, with the Chardonnay providing stone fruit flavors and the Sauv Blanc adding bright citrusy acidity to the aromatic, textured base of the Pinot Bianco. The exceptional minerality and mouthwatering acidity is balanced by just the right touch of creaminess.
Availability: There is still a bit left but the distributor will be moving on to the next vintage soon.
Drinkability: Delicious now or over the next three to four years.
Food Pairing: The winery suggests pairing it with raw white asparagus salad, pizza or pasta with tomato sauce, focaccia with rosemary, or penne all’arrabbiata. Or with South Tyrolean dishes such as bacon dumplings, sausage with sauerkraut, or a veal roast.