Vougeot 1er Cru “Les Cras”
The word Cras (or Crâs) is common throughout the Côte de Beaune, found in Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard and Meursault. Crai or Crais other are common forms of the same root, all referring to stony, calcareous plots, with pebbles atop clayey soil.
This climat shares its history with the Clos de Vougeot. The monks of the nearby Abbey of Notre-Dame de Cîteaux planted their vines here in around 1110, just a few years after the Abbey was founded, and indeed the vineyard belonged to the Abbey until it was sold off under the French Revolution.
Only 70% harvest de-stemmed, not crushed and vatted by gravity. No yeast addition. Aged for 17 months in barrels (60% new oak).
A wonderfully fresh nose of ripe red currant, rose petal, wet stone and pungent earth scents.
Refined and complex; exhibits intensity, finesse, richness and vigor, all capitalized by an exceptionally long finish.
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Domaine de la Vougeraie“And lastly, to crown the repast, Ardan had brought out a fine bottle of Nuits, which was found ‘by chance’ in the provision-box. The three friends drank to the union of the earth and her satellite.” Jules Verne’s Around the Moon was the inspiration for the Apollo 15 astronauts, who christened the crater closest to their landing site Saint Georges.