Vougeot Tasting


Vougeot village contains 80 ha vineyards, includes >50 ha grand cru, "Clos de Vougeot" (the largest Grand cru in Côte de Nuits). Before 1889, only one owner in this Grand cru, but now there are more than 80 owners, and more than 100 parcels.

Vougeot vineyards contain three parts, each represents different style. The upper portion of the Vougeot slope, just next to Musigny and Grands-Echezeaux, has stonier and less clay. Includes Musigni and Le Grand Maupertuis, wines from this portion are the finest and most delicate. The wines tonight from this portion is Gros Fiere et soeur, Bouchard Pere & Fils, and Bertagna 1er Clos de la Perriere.

The mid section of the Vougeot slope has large variance, thus the wine makers' or the domaines' vinification and elevation processes affect the wine style a lot. Domaine d’Ardhuy is from the mid section.

The lower part of the slope has more clay. The wines are probably coarser, and wine makers’ skill is very important.
Faively and Bertagna 1er Les Cras are from this part.

2005 Vougeot 1er Cru Les Cras, Bertagna

[ezcol_1half] 2005 Vougeot 1er Cru Les Cras, Bertagna
[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end] Bertagna improved a lot from 1999, due to the wine maker Claire Forestier (left in 2006), who is the owner of TERRES d'ARÔMES. Bertagna is the best choice if wanna buy a Vougeot 1er wine.

Medium ruby with garnet hue. Medium+ nose with cranberry, wet soil, stony, mint, light oak, leather, and caramel. The tannin is medium+ (coarser than Clos de la Perriere). Has some volatile note.

SY Rating: 17/20

2005 Vougeot 1er Cru Clos De La Perriere, Bertagna

[ezcol_1half] 2005 Vougeot 1er Cru Clos De La Perriere, Bertagna
[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end] Monopole of Bertagna, a part of Les Petits Vougeots.

Medium ruby with garnet hue. Cranberry, raspberry, floral, and light caramel (I think Bertagna applies more new barrel in Clos de la Perriere than in Les Cras). Similar style to Bertagna Les Cras, but the green nose is more fresh and less leather smell. High acidity, medium tannin.

SY Rating: 17/20

2009 Clos de Vougeot, d'Ardhuy

[ezcol_1half] 2009 Clos de Vougeot, d'Ardhuy
[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end] Medium ruby color (deeper than Bertagna). Stony, black cherry, plum note, soil, leather, cinnamon, oak, vanilla note, a bit green leaves, with some buttery and creamy note. The palate end has spice bitterness. Medium tannin (still young, can keep for 10+ yrs). More new barrel style (~50% new barrel) in this d'Ardhuy Clos de Vougeot, gives vanilla, creamy, and buttery aromas.

SY Rating: 18/20

2007 Clos Vougeot "Musigni", Gros Frere et Soeur

[ezcol_1half] 2007 Clos Vougeot "Musigni", Gros Frere et Soeur
[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end] Cranberry, leather note, clove, anise, fresh grass, flower bouquet, and light guava in the medium nose. The body is a bit thinner than other upper part of Vougeot slope, the elegance is a bit similar to chambolle-musigny (that's why this climat called "Musigni"). High acidity. Some floral, cranberry and yeast note is the palate.

SY Rating: 18.5/20

2006 Clos Vougeot, Faiveley

[ezcol_1half] 2006 Clos Vougeot, Faiveley
[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end] Medium+ nose, with light pickled squash, coffee note, light soil, fur, black berry, rye juice (黑麥汁), root beer. The palate is a bit stronger than the nose. The tannin is medium+, and also has the characteristic (a bit coarse) of lower slope of Vougeot.

SY Rating: 17.5/20

1976 Clos de Vougeot, Bouchard P&F

[ezcol_1half] 1976 Clos de Vougeot, Bouchard P&F
[/ezcol_1half] [ezcol_1half_end] Medium amber with garnet hue. Medium nose with pickled squash, honey note, smoke, light flint, incense, oolong tea, herb tea (仙草茶), cinnamon, clove note, and licorice.

High acidity, medium body, very long length with mango note at the end.

SY Rating: 19.5/20