Smoke and toast aromas mingle with flavors of lemon, apple, vanilla and mineral in this sleek white. Balanced, offering a lingering mineral element on the long finish. Gains harmony with air, so decant now or cellar short term. Best from 2020 through 2026.
Domaine de la Vougeraie Reviews
A stinky nose of sulfur, earth and egg and flavors of black cherry, blackberry and violet are enhanced by bracing acidity. Plush and toasty, with a clean, spice-tinged finish. Give this time to integrate. Best from 2023 through 2036.
An alluring display of gamy cherry, raspberry, plum and rose aromas and flavors, augmented by mineral and wood notes. Complex, smooth and well-structured, ending with a dusting of tannins. Best from 2022 through 2043.
This parcel faces east from the top of the hill above the village of Pommard. The vines, replanted in the second half of the 1980s, cover 2.73 acres of pebbly, chalky soil, the site organically certified since 2000. The wine itself is immediately complex, with the kind of sumptuous oak integration that elevates the tart cherry flavors. The wine keeps juicing up out of its tannins with delicate yet persistent power, the unambiguous message of the vineyard charged by its marriage with oak into something delicious.
La Vougeraie's holdings in Les Mazoyères are the oldest at the domaine at 104 years of age. This is a correspondingly serious red that was fermented with 80% whole bunches and aged in 40% new oak. It's spicy, aromatic and focussed, with plenty of texture, red cherry and raspberry fruit and a long clove and white pepper finish.
This old-vine monopole holding of 3ha is partly used for the domaine's excellent Terre de Famille blend, but it's good to see it get a solo billing too. Fermented with 50% whole bunches and aged in 20% new wood, this has good focus and zip, with subtle reduction and tangy red cherry and raspberry fruit.
The 2015 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru has a lovely, open-knit, brambly red berry nose with some stem addition that will need time to fully meld together. The crisp, medium-bodied palate offers fine tannin and plenty of tension - again, the stem addition clearly exerting an influence. This is not a Bonnes-Mares for those seeking voluptuous blue fruit or flamboyance - it is old-school, stemmy Burgundy, and quite frankly, it is completely adorable. It just needs at least a decade in bottle. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.
Always labelled simply as Charlemagne (Jean-Claude Boisset likes to do things differently), this delicious grand cru white hails from two parcels picked a week apart - En Charlemagne in Aloxe-Corton and Le Charlemagne in Pernand-Vergelesses. The result is an intense, stylishly wooded Chardonnay of great presence and weight, showing flavours of vanilla, coconut, lemon butter and nectarine and finishing with thrilling minerality.
Vougeraie's Clos du Roi, sourced from one of the best sites on the hill of Corton, makes good use of 40% whole bunches to add spice, complexity and intensity to this silk wine. White pepper and wild strawberry scents marry with the 40% new oak, which contributes a sheen of extra class.2017
Literally grown in Jean-Claude Boisset's garden, with a painterly view of the Clos de Vougeot, this is always fun to serve in a blind tasting. It's toasty, sappy and reductive, with flinty, struck-match aromas and hints of cashew and beeswax. It lingers enticingly on the palate.
A powerful and serious red Burgundy, this is a blend from two parcels in Gilly-lès-Citeaux, near the domaine’s base in Vougeot, and two parcels in Beaune. It layers rose scents and flavors of cranberry and anise over substantial tannins, the structure sophisticated and firm.
The 2016 Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru was touched more by the frost than other vineyards owned by Vougeraie, and yet they still managed a supremely well-crafted and delicious wine. It has a focused and mineral-rich bouquet with scents of oyster shell and something estuarine on the nose. The palate has a feisty and lively entry, a keen line of acidity, more depth and concentration than the Bienvenue and with a good persistence on the finish. This is excellent.
Black cherry and toasty vanilla aromas and flavors are the hallmarks of this muscular red. Hints of tobacco and chocolate linger. The firm structure begs for patience.
This is supple and spicy, with flavors of vanilla and sweet baking spices framing the strawberry and currant fruit. Shows light touches of earth and mineral as this finishes with a chalky sensation. Elegant.
Bright medium red. Aromas of redcurrant, cherry and spices. Offers more energy and definition than the Clos du Roi, with higher-pitched flavors of spices and red fruits. A juicy Beaune wine with a touch of youthful bitterness on the back end, but sound acids and tannins give grip to the finish.
Catch this as a young wine, while the tension in its structure elevates the delicate dried herb notes, and Brett adds detail to the tannins, a little dry, but spicy and delicious. Packed with a sweet cherry fruit, this is solidly built Gevrey, ready to drink with a steak.
Soft notes of petrol sit atop the mostly floral and white orchard fruit scents. The rich, round and very generously proportioned flavors are forward o the point of being almost soft and this easy-to-like effort should drink well immediately.
A more deeply pitched and markedly earthier nose exhibits notes of various
dark berries and a hint of herbal tea. There is reasonably good depth to the
round and punchy flavors that deliver acceptable persistence on the dusty
and relatively fine finish. There is a hint of dryness but it’s discreet.