Philosophy Culture and heritage. Created by the monks of the Cîteaux Abbey beginning in 1109, Clos de Vougeot and its famous château, one of Burgundy’s most emblematic monuments, are the testimony to the monks’ beginnings in the development of viticulture in Burgundy. The largest Grand Cru in the Côte de Nuits with some 50 hectares of vines that are surrounded by walls belongs, in a manner of speaking, to all of the Burgundians who regularly attend the events held there that are organized by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
Terroir Clos-de-Vougeot is one of the most sought-after appellations today with 80 owners sharing its 51 ha of vines. The plot our cuvée hails from is located in the northern part, at the bottom of the upper part of the Clos. Here, the thin, limestone soil found more towards the upper part of the vineyard becomes deeper and more clayey, yielding wines that are elegant as well as boasting richness and depth.
Vinification and ageing The grapes were handpicked and collected in willow baskets so that the oxidized juice from any burst grapes could trickle out. The grapes were sorted but not destemmed. Alcoholic fermentation began solely under the influence of the indigenous yeasts that are naturally present on the grapes. The majority of the cuvée was aged in new oak barrels for 14 months, which has resulted in a wine with a great potential for laying down.
Tasting notesMagnificent deep red - almost black - in colour. Superbly fresh, intense, deep nose redolent of black cherry jam, wild blueberry and blackberry, fresh hazelnuts, eucalyptus, and a hint of musk. Starts off big, bold and very full-bodied on the palate with flavours of fruit (raspberry), spices, tobacco, assorted herbs reminiscent of the garrigue landscape, along with notes of damp forest undergrowth and moss. A powerful, rich wine endowed with perfectly ripe tannins, yet marked by finesse and elegance. This truly great wine boasts long cellaring potential.