In 1863, the Dijon based liquor-maker Frederic Mugnier established his estate which included almost twenty hectares of vineyards in Chambolle-Musigny and Nuits-St-Georges. Following the economic downturn of the 1920s and the First World War, Jacques-Frederic Mugnier made the decision to sell the liquor business and lease the vineyards to a local negociant. This contract ended in 1978 after which time the Mugnier family assumed full control of the estate. Since 1985 Frederic Mugnier – great great grandson of the founder – has managed the domaine with an attention to detail that ensures the best possible quality is nurtured in the vineyards and preserved in their bottles. This is done through minimal intervention both from pesticides and chemicals as well as machinery in the vineyards. The grapes are de-stemmed and whole berries are fermented in old open wooden vats and then after around 16 months in oak, the wines are bottled without fining and filtration. The domaine aims to preserve, as well as restore, the rich ecosystem around them which in turn benefits their vines and their wines. Deep, concentrated and well structured, J F Mugnier’s wines are stunningly pure expressions of respective terroirs.In 2004, the Nuits-St-Georges Clos de la Marechale vineyard, which had been on lease to Faiveley since 1950, was reclaimed by J F Mugnier.