Virtual Wine Tasting with Special Guest Jean Charles Boisset

Wednesday, May 27, 2020 - 06:00 PM

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My books are like water; those of the great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.

Mark Twain

 

Hey wine is 85% water and I like the comparison between wine and geniuses!!

 

Speaking of wine genius, we have one of the most interesting men in the wine business cohosting our second virtual tasting coming up on Wednesday, May 27th.

 

Jean Charles Boisset is one of the most interesting winery personalities that you will meet and I remember riding with Jean Charles doing sales calls back when I worked with Republic National Distributing over 25 years ago and he has the same energy and passion today that he had back then.  We put together several wine dinners in the past and were out on more than one occasion after dinner to check out the afterhours festivities of the South Florida nightlife, we share a common vintage we are both 1969 babies.

 

The Boisset family is one of the largest landholders in Burgundy and Jean Charles married Gina Gallo, making this rather important wine family of France now joined by marrage to the largest family owned winery in the world.

 

I was lucky enough to make a trip to Burgundy to visit all the properties before the whole world went on shut down earlier this year.  It was the trip of a lifetime and it worked out that I was having dinner in the cellars at JC Boisset’s new winery on the night of my Birthday.  They even opened a 1969 vintage Burgundy that night to help me celebrate! 

 

An unforgettable trip and the highlight of the trip for me was the day in Burgundy that started with a visit to Domaine de Vougeraie.  This is the most important of all the Boisset family wineries in Burgundy in terms of quality.  All the vineyards are owned and farmed by the family and everything is done biodynamically with only the best fruit every vintage making into these top wines. 

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Our visit in the cellars and tasting of the 2018 vintage with Sylvie Poillot was spectacular and the wines were stunning.  I ordered everything on the spot and large formats of what was available.  I will have an offering out on these wines in the fall.  But for now, we have the inventory of what is available currently here in South Florida from the 2015, 2016 and 2017 vintages.  We will be showcasing the rare Vougeot white at this virtual tasting.  Our brave and fearless leader Burgundy expert and historian for the trip Neil Ruane is introducing the vineyard site here in the shot.

 

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Then on for a walk through the vineyards of Vosne Romanee starting at the famous Romanee Conti Vineyard, passing by La Tache, Romanee St Vivant, Echezeaux, Grand Echezeaux, Musigny and ending at the famous Clos de Vougeot.  A very quiet day in the vineyards as it was quite cold and rainy while we were in Burgundy but the shies opened up and we had a nice sunny day on this afternoon.  Perfect weather for a walk through some of the most expensive dirt on Earth.

 

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The winemaker at JC Boisset Gregory Patriat was on vacation but his assistant Laure Guilloteau showed us around the new winery in Nuits St Georges and we had dinner in the cellar there with Jean-Francois Curie, Director General of Boisset France. 

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An incredible day that was just one of the many on this trip for me.  I will be sending out offers on all the properties that we visited once the wines are available but I figured it would be nice to host one of our first virtual tastings with our good friend Jean Charles the man that has one of the greatest presents on social media and I am honored to cohost this tasting with him live on Instagram TV and Zoom. 

 

 

 

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Boisset Family Burgundy Virtual Wine Tasting

with Special Guest Jean Charles Boisset

Wednesday, May 27th

6pm

 

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JCB Boisset Brut Cremant Rose No. 69

Price: $19.50       Your Price: $17.16            Quantity in Stock: 31

 

Each JCB wine is known by a number. And each number has deep significance for Jean-Charles Boisset, the collection’s creator and namesake. Jean-Charles was born in 1969, the year that mankind went to the moon. As such, 69 represents unlimited expression, freedom, creativity, intellectual revolution, artistry, and refinement. Of course, 69 is also a rosé brut based exclusively on pinot noir; a rosé that entwines masculinity and feminity.

 

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2016 JC Boisset Auxey Duresses 1er Cru Le Climat du Val

Price: $51.75       Your Price: $45.54

 

The appellation is located at the lower limit of a valley, which goes from the Côte de Beaune to the Hautes-Côtes on the road to La Rochepot and Autun. Nature clearly separates the whites and the reds. The valley climate, neighbor of the famous 1er Cru “Les Duresses”, enjoys a South exposure. As its name indicates, the landscape is very hilly. The soil is very calcareous. The vines are on average 30 years old.

 

Visual: Deep red with ruby ??highlights. Nose: Notes of black cherry, red fruits and some toasty and spicy notes. Palate: A gourmet wine with a round mouth and a finish on the freshness.

 

2016 – a miraculous vintage ! Given a difficult start, the wines of Burgundy have an unexpected high quality as much as we could have hoped. After one of the mildest Winters since 1900, the growers suffered vineyard damage in Springtime which severely reduced the size of the potential harvest. In fact in the month of April we experienced devastating frosts over an exceptionally wide area. Hailstorms caused further damage during May in the Maconnais and North Burgundy. The weather changed completely with the arrival of Summer: with sunshine and warmth which allowed the vines to catch up with their growth. There was adequate rainfall which helped the growth continue in good conditions with the harvest taking place just at the right time. Vintage 2016 thus offers some fine surprises with wines of potentially high quality. The white wines have fine fruit aromas, are generous with good body and will be ready to drink while young whereas the red wines are powerful, tender, concentrated and will be ideal for ageing.

 

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2017 Domaine de La Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieuré Monopole Blanc

List Price: $132.75            Your Price: $116.82          Quantity in Stock: 22

 

Though Vougeot is best known for the highly reputed Clos de Vougeot, covering almost 51 hectares, the Premier Cru and Village appellations in the remaining 16.5 hectares should not be forgotten. Connoisseurs yearn for this wine, from vineyards in such a fabled position.

HISTORY

For the first 680 years of this vineyard’s history, it was tended by the monks of Cîteaux, who planted the Clos de Vougeot and the majority of the neighbouring plots at the start of the 12th century. The Clos du Prieuré, like the rest, was sold off at the end of the 18th century under the French Revolution.

The Clos du Prieuré (priory enclosure) belonged to the Benedictine Priory of the Abbey of SaintGermain-des-Prés in Paris, who owned land in the neighbouring parish of Gilly from the 11th century. As the Abbey of Cîteaux grew, conflicts with Saint-Germain-des-Prés were inevitable. In 1499 Jean de Cirey, Abbot of Cîteaux, after selling off part of the Abbey’s crockery, finally succeeded in paying off the debt to the Parisian Abbey, which was forced to accept some land near Melun in exchange for abandoning its rights at Gilly and Vougeot.

OUR PARCEL

Geographical situation: Vougeot is located in the Côte de Nuits, between Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanée, some twenty kilometres to the south of Dijon. The Clos du Prieuré name recalls the Priory, which used to own this land. The enclosure wall stands to this day, a rare occurrence in Burgundy. Located in the climat known as Le Village, it is separated from the neighbouring vines by a small track to the west and a stream to the East, the Vouge, which gave its name to the village and to our Domaine. The southern edge is bounded by the road leading to the Château du Clos de Vougeot, home of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.

 

Three pack of virtual tasting wines

JCB Boisset Brut Cremant Rose No. 69

2017 Domaine de La Vougeraie Vougeot Clos du Prieuré Monopole Blanc

2016 JC Boisset Auxey Duresses 1er Cru Le Climat du Val

We will be tasting these three wines live with JCB on the 27th and you can purchase the three for $169 + tax and we will ship them to you for FREE in the state of Florida.  If you order by Monday May 25th you will have the wines in time for the tasting.
 

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Jean Claude Boisset has been a phenomenon in Burgundy, where since entering the wine business in 1961 he as become that famous region's second largest negociant. (A negociant is a wine producer who purchases grapes from independent small growers and makes the wine in his own cellars.)  That has been no small accomplishment, for most people in the Burgundy wine trade are members of families that have been in place for centuries.  His headquarters in France is located in Nuits St. Georges.  Offices, warehouses, and winemaking facilities cover six acres of land; and the firm now produces over one million cases of wine annually.  In addition Boisset owns about twenty-seven acres of "premier cru" vineyards in Nuits St. Georges and Gevrey Chambertin.  Boisset has also bought out the properties of Charles Vienot (Nuits St. Georges), Lionel Bruck (Nuits St. Georges), and Thomas Bassot (Gevrey Chambertin).  His neighbors in France consider him very radical, for he started the business from nothing and has built it into a very profitable enterprise.  In an area where tradition and time-proven methods are sacrosanct, Boisset's high-tech winery with computers and automated winemaking equipment raises more than a few eyebrows.

Today, the next Generation Jean Charles Boisset has continued the family tradition in The Boisset Collection embraces audacity & innovation and unites Old World and New into the One World of Wine, offering an unparalleled exploration of terroir, heritage, vineyards and style.

Boisset is a family-owned collection of historic and unique wineries bound together by a common cause: authentic, terroir-driven wines in harmony with their history, their future and the land and people essential to their existence.  With more than twenty historical and prestigious wineries in the world’s preeminent terroirs, including the Côte d’Or, Beaujolais, Rhône Valley, California’s Russian River Valley and the Napa Valley, each house retains its unique history, identity, and style, and all are united in the pursuit of fine wines expressive of their terroir.

Boisset embraces its Franco-American roots with their vision that a spirit of collaboration and commitment to wine on both continents will transcend any divisions. They believe that the union of the two worlds of winemaking will deepen their shared appreciation of their distinctness, diversity and unity, and enrich and enliven our worlds. We are inspired to think that together, we can unite two continents and two cultures around wine… Oceans may separate us, but wine unites us!

More than seventeen centuries of combined history unite the wineries of Boisset. Cistercian monks planted the vineyards of Le Clos Vougeot in 1110, inspiring Domaine de la Vougeraie to this day. Bouchard Aîné & Fils has built its family reputation in Beaune since 1750. Buena Vista Winery is California’s first premium winery, founded in Sonoma in 1857. These are just a few examples of the remarkable history of the Boisset Collection. Deepening the legacies of each of its estates is at the core of Boisset’s mission.

 

2017 Jean Claude Boisset Boisset Marsannay Blanc

Price: $45.00       Your Price: $39.60

 

2017 Jean Claude Boisset Boisset Bourgogne Aligote

Price: $27.00       Your Price: $23.76

 

2017 Jean Claude Boisset Boisset Marsannay Rouge

Price: $49.50       Your Price: $43.56

 

2017 Jean Claude Boisset Boisset Aloxe Corton Rouge

Price: $92.25       Your Price: $81.18

 

2017 Jean Claude Boisset Chambolle Musigny

List Price: $114.75            Your Price: $100.98

 

2017 Jean Claude Boisset St. Aubin 1er Cru en Remilly

List Price: $66.00               Your Price: $58.08            Quantity in Stock: 5

 

2017 Jean Claude Boisset Bourgogne Chardonnay Les Ursulines

Price: $23.75       Your Price: $20.90

 

2017 Jean Claude Boisset Bourgogne Pinot Noir Les Ursulines

Price: $23.75       Your Price: $20.90

 

2017 Jean Claude Boisset Boisset Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc

List Price: $36.00               Your Price: $31.68

 

2016 Jean Claude Boisset Boisset Vosne Romanee Les Jacquinnes

Price: $139.50    Your Price: $122.76

 

2014 Jean Claude Boisset Boisset Meursault Charmes 1er Cru

Price: $137.25    Your Price: $120.78

 

2008 Jean Claude Boisset Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru

Price: $169.00    Your Price: $148.72          Quantity in Stock: 19

 

1994 Jean Claude Boisset Cote De Beaune Villages

Price: $59.00       Sale Price: $45.00             Quantity in Stock: 1

 

1982 Jean Claude Boisset Santenay

Price: $79.00       Sale Price: $59.00             Quantity in Stock: 2

 

1979 Jean Claude Boisset Pommard

Price: $115.00    Sale Price: $95.00             Quantity in Stock: 6

 

1979 Jean Claude Boisset Monthelie

Price: $79.00       Sale Price: $59.00             Quantity in Stock: 2

 

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2015 Domaine de La Vougeraie Chardonnay Terres De Famille

Price: $54.00       Your Price: $47.52

 

2016 Domaine de La Vougeraie Chardonnay Terres De Famille

Price: $54.00       Your Price: $47.52



Like a family reunion, this wine brings together the members of one single line of descent, and one single Cistercian terroir. The varietal – Chardonnay – originated in southern Burgundy and takes its name from the Latin word cardonnacum, which describes a place where thistles grow. This shows that like all great varietals, the Chardonnay grape floruishes best on poor soils.

HISTORY

These large and magnificent vines with their curving rows profit from the sweeping winds of the plateau and are ideal for the organic cultivation of our Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. The grapes grown here are also used as the majority contributor to our Bourgogne Chardonnay Tete de Famille. We are allowed to add certain declassified village wines to the blend for a carefully crafted final cuvée, with a precise, mineral, and fruity wine with a smooth patina from the larger barrels used to age it.

PLOT

Surface area: 1.836 hectares Geographical location: The plateau of the Hautes Côte de Nuits in the commune of Chaux, and the lieux-dits of Le Combet Chalot and Corvée de Villy Aspect: East-southeast Planted: 1990/91/92/93 Varietal: 100% Chardonnay Soil and subsoil: Clay limestone Plantation density: 3,300 vines per hectare Vines: High-trained Pruning: Guyot Work in the vines: Earthing up in winter, spraying with a nettle and rhubarb infusion, and a brew of horsetail and silica, tansy, sage and yarrow. Removal of excess vegetation in spring.

 

2015 Domaine de La Vougeraie Pinot Noir Terres De Famille

List Price: $54.00               Your Price: $47.52

 

Light red berry fruit cherry and raspberry with hints of brown spice and fresh earth on the nose light but rather complex for an entry level wine. A bright and fresh wine with juicy red berry fruit, a nice touch of earth and spice through the finish. Finish 35+ Very Good +

 

 

 

2017 Domaine de la Vougeraie Gevrey Chambertin

Price: $105.75    Your Price: $93.06



Several parcels from around the village are assembled in our Gevrey-Chambertin, in a smooth, fine yet complex combination….Craite-Paille, Goulots, Murot, and Galands mix pure silt with more clayey patches, only slightly calcareous if at all.

 

2017 Domaine de La Vougeraie Vougeot Clos Prieure Rouge

List Price: $132.75            Your Price: $116.82

Though Vougeot is best known for the highly reputed Clos de Vougeot, covering almost 51 hectares, the Premier Cru and Village appellations in the remaining 16.5 hectares should not be forgotten. Connoisseurs yearn for this wine, sitting at the night hand of its lord, and sharing most of the qualities of the Grand Cru.

HISTORY

For the first 680 years of this vineyard’s history, it was tended by the monks of Cîteaux, who planted the Clos de Vougeot and the majority of the neighbouring plots at the start of the 12th century. The Clos du Prieuré, like the others, was sold off at the end of the 18th century under the French Revolution. The Clos du Prieuré (priory enclosure) belonged to the Benedictine Priory of the Abbey of SaintGermain-des-Prés in Paris, who owned land in the neighbouring parish of Gilly from the 11th century. As the Abbey of Cîteaux grew, conflicts with Saint-Germain-des-Prés were inevitable. In 1499 Jean de Cirey, Abbot of Cîteaux, after selling off part of the Abbey’s crockery, finally succeeded in paying off the debt to the Parisian Abbey, which was forced to accept some land near Melun in exchange for abandoning its rights at Gilly and Vougeot.

OUR PARCEL

Surface: 1,0019 ha Geographical situation: enclosure with high walls, ripening early, alongside a stream (La Vouge). Exposure: East-facing. Plantings: between 1901 and 1983 Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir Soil and subsoil: very calcareous, lots of rounded pebbles. Probable pure silt subsoil. Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha Rootstock: 80 % of massal selection and 20 % of clones. Pest management since 1992 Organic agriculture: since 1997. Received official approval ECOCERT® in 1999. Bio-dynamic agriculture since the 2001 campaign. Training style: Guyot

Le Domaine de la Vougeraie

Vineyard news: Ullage planted out. Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Biodynamic preparation of 500 and 501 at the end of the winter and of 501 in spring before the flower. Suckers removed in spring.

 

2016 Domaine Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes 1er Cru

Price: $139.50    Your Price: $122.76

“The velvety smoothness of good Burgundy wines, caused by the higher spirits, ensures that their taste touches the tongue softly and is gentle on the nerves”, wrote Dr Guy-Crescent Fagon in 1694. He added “A wine that the stomach can press and digest at leisure, without rushing to get rid of it”. This prescription was addressed to Louis XIV, weighed down by ill health. Nuits wine, recommended by his senior physician, soon cured the royal patient. Wine for convalescence, purely medicinal, had been invented!

HISTORY

Les Damodes’s origins, Celtic or Gallo-Roman, are lost in the midst of time. Does this name conjure up a trinity of female deities, similar to the Bonnes Mares? Protectresses of earthly fruit and maternity, these goddesses were worshipped in the region. To the east of Nuits, the Gallo-Roman settlement of Les Bolards covered 15 hectares, and had a very active Mithraic temple. Or perhaps the name evokes druidesses who lived in the coomb. From the Middle Ages, Nuits wine took on a separate identity distinguishing it from Beaune wine. Whereas the Côte de Beaune produced a light-coloured wine (œil-deperdrix), best drunk young or even primeur, the Côte de Nuits strove to produce a dark velvety-coloured wine, a wine to lay down, deliberately powerful and tannic. It ages well due to its solid qualities, which were highly appreciated in the 17th and 18th centuries at the Court of Versailles, as well as abroad. The German courts were particularly partial to Nuits wine. Nuits wine is renowned for ageing well, whereas Beaune wine is best drunk younger. At that time a Burgundy wine was synonymous with Nuits.

OUR PARCEL

Geographical situation: Nuits-Saint-Georges has a strong, unbridled personality. The town is perched below the hillside, at the opening of the La Serrée coomb. A small stream, the Meuzin, makes its way down from the Hautes-Côtes. Les Damodes is the town’s northernmost climat, on the border with Vosne-Romanée. Surface: 0,9223 ha Geographical situation: parcel on a steep slope. Exposure: East-facing. Plantings: 1985/1986 Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir

 

2017 Domaine Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos De Thorey 1er Cru Monopole

Price: $141.75    Your Price: $124.74

 

2015 Domaine Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos De Thorey 1er Cru Monopole

Price: $146.25    Your Price: $128.70

HISTORY

The citadel, founded in around 1000 AD, derives its name from the Nuicthons, or walnut trees, which were abundant nearby. The strong ramparts protected its inhabitants, nobles, wine growers and religious communities. In the 18th century the town started to export its wine, and several wine merchants sprung up in the following century. The Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin was created here in the 1930s. To help protect the wine industry, badly hit by the Great Depression, they created the Saint-Vincent Tournante wine festival and the Tastevinage seal of approval.

 

The vineyards, solidly seated on middle Jurassic sedimentary formations, are cut in two by the town, where the Meuzin stream flows out of the Combe de la Serrée. To the north lies Vosne-Romanée, to the south, Premeaux-Prissey. Being exposed to a variety of directions, the characteristic tastes vary, with more rustic wines to the south of the village. Nuits wines are only at their best after several years, and are ideal for patient collectors.

OUR VINE

Geographic situation: Nuits-Saint-Georges lies on a bed of Comblanchien marble, on the hillside at the base of the Combe de la Serrée, in the sediment cone of the Hautes-Côtes. Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir Soil and subsoil: soil very chalky Planting density: 13 600 vines/ha Rootstock: only clones. Plantings: - in 1975 : 1,5624 ha, the bottom of the clos. - in 2013: 1.5147 ha, at the top of the clos with rootstock 161-499 graft  clone: 828 and 943            massal: ATVB “fin”, “très fin” and GR01.

Organic agriculture: since 2012. Received official approval ECOCERT in 2015. Training style: Guyot Vineyard news: Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Biodynamic preparation of 500 and 501 at the end of the winter and of 501 in spring before the flower. Suckers removed in spring. Surface: 3,0771 ha Exposure: South

 

2016 Domaine de la Vougeraie Pommard Les Petits Noizons

Price: $103.50    Your Price: $91.08



This large, south-facing parcel covering more than one hectare was replanted between 1985 and 1989. This sun-drenched vineyard, ideally situated at the top of the hillside, benefits from an excellent reflection of heat onto the grapes. The Petits Noizons vines grow in a very pebbly, soil, (chalky and often alluvial), of great depth. The results are a relatively powerful wine, with good structure and high quality.

HISTORY

In the local dialect the original name, En Noyons, meant a place where walnut trees were found. Owned in the 13th century by Alix de Vergy, duchess of Burgundy, Pommard passed into the hands of the Archbishops of Lyon, then a ducal estate, and finally to Burgundian noble families.

The vines themselves are intimately linked with the history of Burgundy, as it was the monks of the Abbeys of Saint-Bénigne at Dijon, and Cîteaux, and the knights of Saint John of Jerusalem who surveyed the harvests. Another well-known owner was Gaspard Monge, inventor of descriptive geometry and a senior official of the Empire, whose daughter married a local château-owner, Nicolas-Joseph Marey.

OUR PARCEL

Surface: 1,1057 ha Geographical situation: parcel on steepish slope. Exposure: East-facing. Plantings: 1985/1986 1986/1987 1987/1988 1988/1989 Geographical situation: On leaving Beaune in a southerly direction, Pommard is the first village you come to, just before Volnay. Les Petits Noizons is situated at a height of 300 metres, on the Beaune side of the appellation. It is on the right-hand side of the road to Saint-Romain and La Petite Combe. Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir Soil and subsoil: very pebbly, chalky soil, quite silty. Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha Rootstock: only clones. Pest management since 1995 Organic agriculture. Received official approval ECOCERT® in 2000. Training style: Guyot

HISTORY

At the foot of the Combe of Lavaux, a cool, deep coomb cut into the hillside as if with a sickle, GevreyChambertin is an enthralling overture to the Symphony of the Grands Crus. The air contains hints of all the themes played by the Pinot Noir down to Santenay, some majestic, others more subtle. Gevrey-Chambertin, a king among wines, can only bend its knee before an emperor. Napoleon accepted this homage and remained faithful to it. The Count of Las Cases, in his Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène, noted that “For fifteen years the Emperor constantly drank the same wine, which he liked and which we believed was good for him”.

 

2017 Domaine de La Vougeraie Vougeot 1er Cru Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole

Price: $202.50    Your Price: $178.20          Quantity in Stock: 11

 

As old as the Clos de Vougeot, The Clos Blanc de Vougeot was Cîteaux Abbey's song of praise. The monks planted the first vines nine centuries ago, and the white wine pressed from the golden grapes filled the abbey-church's cruets for almost 700 years. Such precious drops of gold, blinding and rare, are like an island of Chardonnay in an ocean of Pinot Noir... A single violin at the heart of an orchestra. The Clos Blanc de Vougeot used to be known as the Petit Clos Blanc de Cîteaux, or simply Vougeot's white vineyard. Like the Clos de Vougeot, it was founded by the monks of Cîteaux, which was constructed on the nearby plain in 1098. Saint Bernard was almost certainly present at the first harvests in Vougeot, which date back to 1110.

 

2016 Domaine de La Vougeraie Vougeot 1er Cru Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot Monopole

Price: $220.50    Your Price: $194.04



Though Vougeot is best known for the highly reputed Clos de Vougeot, covering almost 51 hectares, the Premier Cru and Village appellations in the remaining 16.5 hectares should not be forgotten. Connoisseurs yearn for this wine, from vineyards in such a fabled position.

HISTORY

For the first 680 years of this vineyard’s history, it was tended by the monks of Cîteaux, who planted the Clos de Vougeot and the majority of the neighbouring plots at the start of the 12th century. The Clos du Prieuré, like the rest, was sold off at the end of the 18th century under the French Revolution.

The Clos du Prieuré (priory enclosure) belonged to the Benedictine Priory of the Abbey of SaintGermain-des-Prés in Paris, who owned land in the neighbouring parish of Gilly from the 11th century. As the Abbey of Cîteaux grew, conflicts with Saint-Germain-des-Prés were inevitable. In 1499 Jean de Cirey, Abbot of Cîteaux, after selling off part of the Abbey’s crockery, finally succeeded in paying off the debt to the Parisian Abbey, which was forced to accept some land near Melun in exchange for abandoning its rights at Gilly and Vougeot.

OUR PARCEL

Geographical situation: Vougeot is located in the Côte de Nuits, between Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanée, some twenty kilometres to the south of Dijon. The Clos du Prieuré name recalls the Priory, which used to own this land. The enclosure wall stands to this day, a rare occurrence in Burgundy. Located in the climat known as Le Village, it is separated from the neighbouring vines by a small track to the west and a stream to the East, the Vouge, which gave its name to the village and to our Domaine. The southern edge is bounded by the road leading to the Château du Clos de Vougeot, home of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin. Surface: 0,8258 ha Exposure: East-facing. Plantings: 1984-85, 1985-86, 1986-87, 1990-91. Grape variety: 100 % Chardonnay Soil and subsoil: very calcareous, lots of rounded pebbles. Pure silt subsoil.

Le Domaine de la Vougeraie

Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha Rootstock: 85%massal selection and 15% clones Pest management since 1992 Organic agriculture. Received official approval ECOCERT in 1999. Training: Cordon de Royat Vineyard news: Ullage planted out. Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Biodynamic preparation of 500 and 501 at the end of the winter and of 501 in spring before the flower. Suckers removed in spring.

 

2017 Domaine de La Vougeraie Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

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When Martine saw a barrow load of bottles wheeled into the kitchen, she stood still. She touched the bottles and lifted one up. “What is there in this bottle, Babette?” she asked in a low voice. “Not wine?” “Wine, Madame!” Babette answered “No, Madame. It is a Clos de Vougeot 1846!” Karen Blixen, in Babette’s Feast, has captured the essence of Clos de Vougeot. It is not just a wine, but an emotion, a presence, an event...

HISTORY

When Cîteaux Abbey was founded in 1098, the first monks were also given some land nearby. The Clos de Vougeot was planted shortly afterwards, in 1110. At this time Saint Bernard was tracing the outlines which gave the Cistercian order recognition throughout Christendom. This vineyard thrived under the Cistercian tonsure for 680 years, becoming an ideal present to obtain favours from popes or kings! The second chapter of the Clos’ history lasted a hundred years. Under the Phrygian cap, it was considered as national property and sold to dignitaries by the Revolution. Julien-Jules Ouvrard, son of a famous Napoleonic war financier, owned it from 1818 to 1861. The Clos was inherited by his children, married into the Rochechouart and Montalembert families, before being sold to six local wine merchants in 1889. Since then the parcels have been divided many times, but the Clos de Vougeot remains the true heart of Burgundy wine. In around 1550 the 48th Abbot of Cîteaux, Jean Loisier, built the Château at the centre of the Clos. Inspired by the Renaissance, its square towers are clearly reminiscent of the Middle Ages. Elegant and functional, as it also serves as a vat room and cellar, the Château du Clos de Vougeot is simply exceptional – nothing ostentatious, but truly inspired. The chateau has been the seat of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin since 1945, making it the best table d’hôte in France. Clos de Vougeot is both a vineyard and a wine, a historic monument and a certain image of France. Extending the universal spirit of Cîteaux, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin is open to the world. This temple of wine is a work of patience, resplendent after nearly a millennium of human effort and nature’s graces. Léonce Bocquet (1839-1913) owned the château and some fifteen hectares in the Clos. Responsible for the restoration of the château, he was a man of great panache. When the Grand Marshal of the court of Hohenzollern, after spending three days tasting the Clos’ wine, ordered 200 bottles, he replied, “Tell your Emperor that I will not invoice a mere 200 bottles. I offer them”. Léonce Bocquet is buried in front of the château.

 

 

 

 

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