Vougeot owes its renown to the monks of Cîteaux, who came here to establish their production buildings in 1167. The famous Clos-de-Vougeot houses the historical cellar of these Cistercian monks. The mansion was built later, during the Renaissance period. Today it hosts the well-known Wine Brotherhood, the Chevaliers du Tastevin and its ceremonial events.
Vougeot is the dialectal diminutive of the Vouge, the small river whose source is found in the village and crosses it. It appears that Vouge comes from the Celtic word vidubium which refers to a billhook, or from vidu which means forest.
The wine comes from vines that are around 50 years old, situated in the locality of Vougeot, within the climate of Le Petit Maupertuis. Facing South-East and at an altitude of 255 metres, they are planted in a spot where the soil is gravel-laden and quite shallow (about 40 centimetres).
The 2018 harvest surprised both for its abundant quantity and for its exceptional quality. Winter 2017-18 was moderately cold with temperatures sometimes below freezing in the morning but rapidly positive in the afternoon. These cool temperatures are accompanied by high humidity that regularly covers the vines with a beautiful white coat. March is also a bit cold while in the first days of April the temperatures rise. Development is rapid and rainfall is abundant in May and especially in June. At the beginning of June, flowering occurs rapidly in drought conditions very favorable to the development of the bunches. The aquifers are at their maximum and the heat of the day does not allow the humidity to settle, which allows the grapes to develop in exceptionally favorable conditions. At the end of June it is already very hot and the temperatures between 26 June and the end of August will very often be well above the seasonal norms with highs exceeding 30 ° almost daily, interrupted only by a good rain on the 13 August arriving. to refresh the grounds.
Beautiful intense ruby red, with a hue that is becoming deeper with age. In the glass it is limpid and quite consistent. The nose is intense, with a range of aromas reminiscent of plum, red cherry, spicy pepper and aromatic herbs. The mineral component is good, the tannin is still slightly edgy, it is finding its balance but needs time. Medium body and good acidic shoulder. Still slightly austere, but its potential is high.
Wine with great aging potential.
Taste it at a temperature of 16 ° -18 ° C. Excellent in combination with red meats, it is also perfect to accompany game