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Bottle 6 x 75cl
Bottle 6 x 75cl
Gold medal winner at the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards
This unique wine is singing once again in 2013. Pale and bright in colour, it has a brilliant nose with nectarines and lively citrus notes, perfectly poised with great intensity of ripe fruit. Nectarines again, a little orange blossom, this is very complete and immensely long. Jasper Morris, MW - Wine Buyer
The harvest began with whites on 26th September, before the rain, then the reds were brought in during less good weather, with sorting necessary. The stems were ripe enough to allow for whole bunch vinification, and Pierre has chosen the soft pedal in 2013: not much punching down, more an infusion approach, less new wood and perhaps a shorter time in barrel. Pierre can see some elements of 2008 but with more weight, more flattering wines overall.
This superb domaine continues to grow in reputation. Domaine de la Vougeraie was created in 1999 when Jean-Claude Boisset of the Boisset group decided to group together all the vineyard holdings of his various négociant companies acquired over the years. The name comes from the significant holdings – and indeed Jean-Claude Boisset’s home – in the village of Vougeot. No expense is spared in production terms. Winemaker Pierre Vincent’s style is for lighter colours and very sensual wines. As ever, this has a nose of great distinction. It is very fine, with some delicate floral notes, and has fabulous harmony with almost sweet fruit. Lemon-scented, it also shows spring flowers and white peaches before a fresh finish and excellent precision. This is a wine of great appeal when young, but it should also keep very well indeed.
Two recent trends which have been continued here by winemaker Pierre Vincent are a slight reduction in the amount of new oak, which now mostly comes from the local forest of Cîteaux, and a slight increase in the use of stems during vinification. The latter is subtly judged though, as there is very rarely any outright feel of the stems in the bouquet or on the palate. 2010 is a tiny crop here, averaging out at 24 hl/ha across the cellar but the wines are magically concentrated.