Philosophy Mystery and rarity. Niched next to Clos-de-Vougeot and beneath the Musigny plots (no less!), Vougeot Premier Cru’s vines represent by far the smallest surface area of Premier Cru vineyards in all of the Côte de Nuits (11.68 ha). These wines are therefore extremely rare and difficult to find. We are very happy and extremely proud that one of the Côte’s great estates accepted to supply us with a small quantity of this nectar. However, given the renown of this producer and the appellation, the condition was to not mention the precise name of the Premier Cru vineyard the grapes come from. It is out of respect for our commitment and to keep this information confidential that we chose to give the name “En Secret” to this cuvée.
Terroir The grapes for this cuvée hail from a 1.3-hectare plot that lies at altitudes of between 240 and 280 metres. The vines are very close to the northern part of Clos-de-Vougeot. The plot is bordered to the northeast by the Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru “Les Amoureuses” climat, to the northwest by the Musigny Grand Crus "Les Musigny" and "Les Petits Musigny", and to the south by Clos-de-Vougeot. The soil is deep, with a high proportion of stones, which ensures good drainage. This soil lends the wine further concentration and structure.
Vinification and ageing The grapes are destemmed and undergo traditional vinification that lasts 21 days with alternating punch-down and pump-over. After pressing, the wine is aged for 15 to 18 months in French oak barrels with a proportion of 50% new oak.
Tasting notes Gorgeous dark red in colour. The nose is rich and complex, with a hint of oak. At first, ethereal aromas of wild fruit (sloe, wild rose) surface followed by deeper scents: a metallic hint of blood, dark fruit (blueberry, blackberry and blackcurrant). The palate is rich and complex, with flavours of dark fruit, supported by a touch of acidity on the finish. This wine’s solid structure recalls that of its neighbour, Clos-de-Vougeot, and confirms its remarkable ageing potential.