Clos de Vougeot: its history is deeply inscribed in that of Cîteaux Abbey, which owned the area from the 12th to the 18th century. Grand Cru of the Côte de Nuits, masterpiece of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, it’s simply one of the icons of Burgundy’s vineyards.
Clos de Vougeot on the Route des Grands CrusThe stately silhouette of its château stands out in the distance, planted in the heart of the vineyards of Côte de Nuits. Here, the Pinot Noir grape is king and finds in Clos de Vougeot one of its finest expressions, with all its subtle nuances.
Clos de Vougeot: unique yet multiple
Today, about 80 different owners share the 50 hectares of Clos de Vougeot: the result of successive sales after 1789, which signalled the departure of the Cistercian monks. After the harvest, each owner produces wine from his grapes separately and according to his own personality.
How, then, can we define this wine, or rather, these wines? By highlighting their common points. A very intense colour, from red raspberry to deep garnet. A sweet bouquet, first evoking rose, violet or mignonette, and later blackberry, raspberry, liquorice, truffles ... On the palate, its nobility is revealed, blending elegant finesse and ripe fullness. This is a wine to store, that expresses all its qualities over 10 to 30 years, and sometimes beyond ... Whoever is the maker of this wine so special, the result will always echo the motto of the Chevaliers du Tastevin: "Never in vain, always in wine".
Clos de Vougeot: did you know?
There was at Cîteaux a cellar monk whose name marked him out to manage Clos de Vougeot: Dom Goblet. He served until the Revolution, when the Cistercian order was dissolved and its vineyards broken up.