In 1935, 22 year old Marcel Mugneret, Dominique’s grandfather, created the domaine Marcel Mugneret in Vosne-Romanée, which would later become Domaine Denis, today Dominique Mugneret. Marcel began with just a couple of hectares of Vosne-Romanée Villages and Vosne 1er Cru les Boudots, and all production was sold as new wine to négociants. Denis joined the team in the 1960’s as a salaried employee until 1972, when the Liger-Belair family of Nuits St. Georges rented him a hectare of Nuits 1er Cru les St. Georges. At this time Denis was handed over the lease of the Richebourg and Clos Vougeot vineyards by his father (also Liger-Belair properties) and also purchased a third of a hectare of Vosne Villages for himself. This was the beginning of the domaine “Denis Mugneret”. In 1979 Marcel retired and the remainder of his vineyards were passed down to Denis (Passetoutgrain, Bourgogne, Vosne Villages and 1er Cru les Boudots). 1979 was also the first real harvest as a salaried employee for Denis’ son Dominique, after finishing his viticultural degree at the wine school in Grandchamps, just outside of Beaune. It wasn’t until his official arrival at the estate in 1982, after completion of his military service, that the domaine began bottling and commercializing their own wine. It was then that they built a large capacity cellar and wine making facility (cuverie) which allowed them to properly age wine in barrel and stock bottles. For the first few years the domaine bottled a selected number of barrels and appellations, the first serious bottling being the 1985 vintage. Over time the domaine has gradually accumulated more land in the Côtes de Nuits, and today the estate makes 13 appellations over eight hectares. Since the 1999 vintage Dominique has been at the reigns of the estate.
Dominique Mugneret pictures