Domaine Vaiveley, Clos de Vougeot
This exceptional Grand Cru wine comes off a 1.287 ha parcel of the famous 50.12 ha walled “Clos de Vougeot” vineyard in the commune of Vougeot. This vineyard dates back to 1336 when the Monks of Cîteaux created the Clos. The vineyard has an east to south-easterly aspect with shallow soils. Grapes are hand harvested and undergo a short pre-fermentation maceration before being fermented in large wooden vats. After three week fermentation, the wine is gently pressed using a vertical press before being matured in up to 70% fine-grained new French oak barrels for 16-18 months.
“Here’s presence!” exclaims Hugh Johnson’s Wine Guide. Nowadays the vineyard is divided among numerous owners and for this reason no single description can be applied to the reds wines. There are, however, common features: very intense colour ranging from strawberry red to deep garnet; a suave bouquet, redolent of springtime of blown roses at dawn, of violets in the morning dew, of moist mignonette... Add to these blackberries, raspberry, wild mint, liquorice and truffle... On the palate, the taste is masterful, rich, succulent and mellow, combining elegance and delicacy with meaty fullness. A long finish in the mouth and long aging potential (anything from 10 to 30 years and sometimes even more).