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In the Côte de Nuits, nestled between Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny, lie the Clos de Vougeot vineyard and its Château. Famous all over the world, it is a true masterpiece of Burgundy. The beautiful Château in the middle of the vineyards was built by the monks of the Cîteaux abbey in the latter part of the 12th Century. It is now the headquarters of the "Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin" (the well-known wine society) and the setting for its prestigious banquets. The vineyard is situated on a gentle slope facing directly East. The soil is a mix of lime-stone with varying amounts of clay. The closest neighbour is Musigny on one side, and Grands-Echezeaux on the other. The only grape variety is Pinot Noir.
Clos de Vougeot has a deep red color. Aromas are reminiscent of raspberry and wild cherry. With time, the nose changes to more complex flavours such as stewed fruit and truffles. Well-balanced, distinctive and elegant, Clos de Vougeot has a good structure with refined tannins. It also has very good ageing potential, 10 to 20 years depending on the quality of the vintage.
"As I have observed several times, Clos de Vougeot was particularly successful in 2006 and this example is in perfect keeping with that general tendency with an expressive, spicy and unusually open nose that offers up aromas of earth, red and dark berry fruit and hints of the sauvage that continue onto the ripe, intense and youthfully austere flavors that culminate with good power and length. Despite the obvious muscle, this is essentially a Clos de Vougeot of finesse as the tannins are really quite fine."
"Reflecting their domaine's two, separately-vinified parcels, the Drouhin 2006 Clos Vougeot leads with smoky, charred grilled meat, resin, and blackberry. These aspects coalesce into a dense, sappy palate with hints of maple syrup adding a rich gloss to the resin and fruit themes. This lacks the mystery and refinement or the evocative length of the nearby Grands Echezeaux. In fact, it seems a bit diffident in finish, a condition for which we ruled out the possibility of a tainted cork. Perhaps on another occasion it would be more open. It still represents an impressive and very recognizable rendition of its site, and one that should be worth following for at least half a dozen years. "
The Wine Advocate
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Pinot Noir(PEE-noh nwahr)
Pinot Noir is a finicky grape. It only grows in
the right climate, with the right soils and the right care. Perhaps because
it is so difficult is why it is so loved. Pinot Noir hails from Burgundy, a region known for crafting the most collectible and sought-after wines from this varietal.
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