Vougeot Tasting

Most of the wine produced in this small village comes from a single grand cru, the famous Clos Vougeot. The vineyard in its present form dates from 1336 (when it was first planted by monks of Citeaux), although it was not until the following century that it was entirely enclosed by stone walls. Vougeot lies between two appellations whose wines epitomize finesse, power and grace. Within the commune, there are also villages and premier cru vineyards that produce wines similar in structure to Chambolle Musigny.

Map of Vougeot’s vineyards

Vougeraie Vougeot 1er Cru Clos Blanc de Vougeot 2009

This domaine’s name comes from the significant holdings in the village of Vougeot. The winery is located in the old Claudine Deschamps cellars in Premeaux. The estate was put together from the various vineyard holdings which had accrued through the acquisitions over the years. Pierre Vincent took over as winemaker after the 2005 vintage, and has maintained a delicate approach.

Their exceptional Vougeot 1er Cru Clos Blanc de Vougeot is arguably the finest white wine of the Cote de Nuits every year, with an impressive sense of grace and harmony. Marked by wet stone, white flowers and ripe citrus, this wine has excellent punch to the mineral-driven flavors that possess good richness and volume.

Hudelot-Noellat Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeots 2012

Domaine Hudelot-Noellat was founded in 1964 by Alain and Odile Hudelot-Noellat. Their wines have been regarded for generations as some of the best in Burgundy for their purity, smoothness and complexity. In 1978, the estate grew considerably with the acquisition of five hectares in Vosne Romanee from Charles Noellat. Today the domaine owns fifteen appellations spread over ten hectares. Charles van Canneyt arrived to take over from his grandfather Alain in 2008, assisted also by Vincent Munier who has been working there since 2005.

The proximity of Petits Vougeots to Chambolle Musigny is evident in this bottling that offers up a gorgeous bouquet of cherries, red plums, roses, and woodsmoke. The wine is deep, pure and complex, with outstanding soil inflection, velvety tannins and superb length on the refined finish. 

Joseph Drouhin Clos Vougeot 2010

Originally from the Yonne department, Joseph Drouhin founded the negociant company which bears his name in 1880. His son Maurice took over in 1918, buying the first vineyards including the famous Beaune Clos des Mouches – it took him a while to put this together, since he had to buy the plots piecemeal from many different growers. This domaine is now run by Joseph’s grandchildren, and consists of 73 hectares spread throughout the region. All of their vineyards are farmed biodynamically, lending to the house signature of crafting elegant, refined and complex wines.

Drouhin’s Clos Vougeot ages brilliantly and ranks as one of the best examples of this grand cru vineyard, expressing complex aromas of red and black cherries, a base of soil and fresh herbs. The wine is deep and classically reserved in its youth, with a very fine core of fruit, beautiful focus and balance, refined tannins and vibrant acids.

Camille Giroud Clos Vougeot 2013

This domaine was founded in 1865 but only adopted its current name when Camille Giroud took up residence in the late 1890s. Known today as one of the most exciting small negociants in Burgundy, Maison Camille Giroud has undergone a transformation in recent years. In 2002, the company was bought by an American consortium led by Joe Wender and winery owner Ann Colgin, and a new chapter began.   The business is managed by winemaker and technical director David Croix, with a major revamping of the production facilities to make wines in a much purer, more modern style.

His 2013 Clos Vougeot is the first wine that he’s made from this site since 2009, with just one barrel (25 cases) production. With fresh and earthy aromas that express notes of red berries and white flowers, the wine has rich and intense flavors that possess excellent detail and vibrancy. This will have excellent aging potential, with the very impressive underlying material.