Stunning Value from Mugneret-Gibourg’s Man in the Vines

Posted on: 08/24/22 12:34 PM



Burgundy is still about exploration. Even as the world clamors for the same bottles – DRC, Leroy, Rousseau, Cohce, et al. – driving prices ever higher and higher, the greatest Burgundy experiences await the intrepid.


Fabrice Vigot’s father was a peer of Dr. Georges Mugneret in the ‘60s, and looked after the family’s most prized vineyards under a sharecropping agreement that dissolved in 2016. In other words, the Vigots were at the heart of the creation of one of Burgundy’s most famous names today – Mugneret-Gibourg.

What’s more, the wines bear more than a passing resemblance. Supple, elegant, balanced and impeccably focused, they recall the hallmarks of the Sister’s wines of supreme elegance. Go poke around and see what any bottle of Mugneret-Gibourg will set you back these days. Then buy a case or two of Vigot.

From previous offers: Fabrice Vigot may not be a name you are too familiar with, but you’ve lusted after his work without likely knowing it. You see, Fabrice Vigot is the man behind the wines of Mugneret-Gibourg.

Until recently, the Mugneret Gibourg estate’s vineyards fell under a mettoyage arrangement (farming for crop sharing) with Fabrice for many of the Vosne and Nuits vineyards. After the 2016 harvest the arrangement ended. You may have seen the Vosne ‘Colombiere’ now in the Mugneret Gibourg line-up as a result. (Good luck getting some!)

Vigot has been the vineyard manager for the Sisters since 1990. A talented farmer who tended the vines organically and biodynamically, he has been the secret weapon behind the Sisters’ stunning success, and he makes his own wine with which we are now working directly.

The wines have a strong following for those in the know, as there is a lot here very similar to Mugneret-Gibourg – elegant, fleshy wines of great freshness and grace. At his Domaine, there is more than a passing similarity to the program at Mugneret-Gibourg: 70-90% destemming of the grapes, natural fermentations en cuve, elevage in 20-30% new oak for 14-16 months, and bottling without fining or filtration.

The wines are exceptionally pure, and stunning values in the context of modern Burgundy, especially when you consider the pedigree here. It has been an honor to work with this remarkable domaine.

2020 Nuits-St.-Georges Vieilles Vignes

From 3 extremely old vine parcels: les herbues planted in 1955/1956, les tuyaux planted in 1949/1950 and les bas de combe, purchased by Andree Mugneret of Mugneret-Gibourg in 1932 and farmed on a metoyage relationship.

2020 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Etelois

One of the extremely well placed lieux-dits of Gevrey, just downslope of Griotte Chambertin. This parcel also contains extremely old vines, having been planted in 1964/65.


Posted in Burgundy List By Ian Halbert