Join us for a tasting of four wines from Vosne Romanee for $55.
The small commune of Vosne Romanee is often regarded as the brightest star in the Cote de Nuits, producing very fine wines that have an extraordinary intensity of fruit which manages to combine power and finesse – the best examples balance depth and richness with elegance and breeding. In addition to the top climats and great terroirs in Vosne Romanee, there are also a very large number of estates, from the large and majestic to the discreet and modest, which produce excellent wine. The distinctive style of these wines projects the velvety texture for which the appellation is famed, along with a pronounced earthy and spicy expression of terroir – rich, austere, sensual, masculine and aristocratic.
Hudelot-Noellat Vosne Romanee 2012
This domaine 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.
A very stylish Pinot Noir, the Vosne Romanee villages wine is bright and pure, with scents of raspberries, strawberries and soil tones. Pure and velvety, with a good core and fine-grained tannins.
A.-F. Gros Vosne Romanee Clos de la Fontaine 2012
Anne-Francoise Gros, originally of Vosne Romanee, is married to Francois Parent of Pommard. Their joint living as winemakers is ably assisted by their children Caroline and Mathieu. The domaine consists of Anne-Francoise’s share of Domaine Jean Gros, additional wines around Vosne Romanee that she’s purchased or leased, and her husband’s share of Domaine Parent. Her labels feature the outline of a female head, each one different according to the interpretation of the style of the appellation by Anne-Francoise and the artist.
Vosne Romanee Clos de la Fontaine is a villages monopole owned entirely by the domaine. A beautiful and elegant wine, its pretty and spicy aromas express pure red fruit Pinot Noir characteristics. Delicious and attractively textured, with fine mid-palate concentration and excellent length on the finish.
Bruno Clavelier Vosne Romanee Les Hauts Beaux Monts 2011
Gifted rugby player Bruno Clavelier took over from his grandfather, Joseph Brosson in the late 1980s, expanding the winery buildings and cellars as he intended to bottle all of the wines himself. He leases vines from the family and now farms them biodynamically, with organic certification. Vinification is traditional, avoiding too much intervention. A fifth-generation vigneron, Bruno’s delicate touch produces very pure and refined wines.
His plot in Les Hauts Beaux Monts, located above Vosne Romanee Brulees, has extremely poor and stony soils that give mineral tension to the wines. The domaine’s old vines produce grapes with good density and tannin, with an expression of raspberry and ripe cherries.
Bruno Clair Vosne Romanee Champs Perdrix 2012
Bruno Clair founded his domaine in 1979, which at the time included various old-vine plots. His grandfather, Joseph Clair, founded the famous Domaine Clair-Dau in 1919 and is known for having convinced growers in Marsannay to replace their vineyards of Gamay and Aligote with Pinot Noir and Chardonnay after World War I. Today, Bruno oversees 23 hectares of vines that include choice parcels in highly-coveted grand crus and premier crus.
This Champs Perdrix vineyard is located just above the famous Vosne Romanee grand cru La Tache, approximately five meters away. The soil is very poor and full of marl. It is difficult to work, and the vines have needed more than thirty years to be properly established. Wines from this vineyard will show cool red and black fruit Pinot Noir aromas, with plenty of verve and sophistication.