Wine Dine and Play: Clos de Vougeot

Clos de Vougeot

A Grand Cru Classe And Château
Vougeot, France
Wine Style: Pinot Noir
Average Price: $$$
Overall Rating:  92 points
By Sean Overpeck (CFE)
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Clos de Vougeot, also known as Clos Vougeot, is a wall-enclosed vineyard, a clos, in the Burgundy wine region, and an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) for red wine from this vineyard. It was named for the River Vouge, which is in fact only a stream separating the village Vougeot from Chambolle-Musigny. At 50.6 hectares (125 acres), Clos de Vougeot is the largest single vineyard in Côte de Nuits entitled to the grand cru designation, The Clos de Vougeot vineyard was created by Cistercian monks of Cîteaux Abbey, the order's mother abbey founded in 1098 AD. 

Today along with the winery is the Château du Clos de Vougeot Castle that you can tour for 7.50€. The land making up the vineyard was purchased by the Cistercians, or donated to them, from the 12th century to the early 14th century. The initial vineyard consisted of donations in 1109 to 1115. The vineyard was complete, and a wall had been built around it, by the year 1336. It served as the flagship vineyard of the Cistercians and has been a highly recognized name for centuries. In the French Revolution, all vineyard possessions were taken from the church by the French State and sold off to private buyers. In 1818, the château and vineyards of Clos de Vougeot were bought by Julien-Jules Ouvrard, who also bought the Romanée-Conti vineyard in 1819.

Clos de Vougeot was one of four Château’s visited on my Burgundy wine tour which also included lunch and a tour of the Hospices de Beaune, part of the Hôtel-Dieu de Beaune, built in 1443 by the chancellor of Burgundy, as a hospital for the poor. The vineyard produces only Pinot Noir and I was very impressed with the selections.

Duration: 18 months
Barrels: old and new
Percentage of new drums: 45%
Soft and slow heating
Origin of the woods: Allier, Tronçais, and Citeaux
Bottling Limited to 5,417 bottles, 240 magnums, 12 jerboams and 4 rehoboams.

Wine and grape:
Nose (Bouquet):
Palette Experience:
Pinot Noir
Winemaker Notes:  
Red Sweet vanilla, butterscotch, and milk chocolate notes give way to cherry and spice flavors in this tightly wound red
Winemaker Notes:
The oak is dominant now, but there is a lot going on. The finish is long, ending with ripe fruit

I refer to myself as an oenophile though, oenophilia is defined as “a disciplined devotion to wine, accompanying strict traditions of consumption and appreciation.” In a general sense, oenophilia also refers to the enjoyment of wine, often by a layman - which I am, and not qualified as a professional. I just enjoy drinking it, so my rating is based on enjoyment and the overall experience, not the science of an expert.

Overall Star Rating:
92 points
5 of 5 Stars: 
An Extraordinary Tasting Experience
92 points
Wines Produced
Red: Pinot Noir

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Bottle Prices 
(excluding taxes)
$£€¥ -                Under 50.00 (inexpensive)
$£€¥ x 2 -          51.00- 99.00 (moderate)
$£€¥ x 3 -          Over 100.00 (pricy)
$£€¥ x 4 -          Over 200.00 (expensive)
$£€¥ x 5 -          Over 400.00 (very expensive)
**Currencies reflect the world’s major wine countries and connoisseur’s** 

Wine Selection:
Currency rates in the top wine producing & wine purchasing countries:
Price Chart :
2012 (750 ml)

European Union (EUR)
United States Dollar (USD)
Australian Dollar (AUS)
Great Britain Pound Sterling (GBP)
Canadian Dollar (CAN)
Chinese Yuan (CNY)  
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R 1,952.00
South African Rand (ZAR) 

Currency rates as of July 2017 

Clos de Vougeot:

Rue de la Montagne, 
21640 Vougeot, France

Tasting Room Information:

Website Contact:
Tasting Room hours:
France Standard Time
(GMT, Zulu, or UTC +1:00)
Monday - Sunday: 

9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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