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Domaine de la Vougeraie Reviews

Score: 93 | April 17, 2019 | Wine Spectator

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.

Score: 92 | April 4, 2019 | Wine Spectator

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.

Score: 91 | April 4, 2019 | Wine Spectator

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.

Score: 91 | April 4, 2019 | Wine Spectator

Spicy, with vanilla, clove and olive notes accenting the black cherry, earth and smoky flavors. Rich and powerful, ending with beefy tannins. Best from 2022 through 2033. 

Score: 93 | March 25, 2019 | Wine & Spirits

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.

Score: 95 | November 7, 2018 | Decanter

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.

Score: 92 | November 4, 2018 | Decanter

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.

Score: 95 | November 1, 2018 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

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.

Score: 96 | October 31, 2018 | Decanter

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.

Score: 95 | October 31, 2018 | Decanter

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 

Score: 93 | October 24, 2018 | Decanter

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.
 

Score: 90 | April 1, 2018 | Wine & Spirits

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.

 

Score: 93-95 | December 29, 2017 | Wine Advocate

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.

Score: 93 | May 31, 2017 | Wine Spectator

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. 

Score: 92 | May 31, 2017 | Wine Spectator

Cherry, currant and spice flavors are the hallmarks of this dense red. A mineral note adds interest as this builds to a long, sinewy finish. Echoes fruit and spice details on the long aftertaste. 

Score: 90 | May 31, 2017 | Wine Spectator

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. 

Score: 94 | May 31, 2017 | Wine Spectator Insider

An exotic style, boasting sandalwood and floral aromas. Flavors of wild cherry, black currant and spice follow through. Ends with a long aftertaste of fruit and spice.

Score: 90 | January 26, 2017 | Vinous/Antonio Galloni

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.

Score: 90 | October 1, 2016 | Wine & Spirits

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. 

Score: Gold | May 13, 2016 | International Wine Challenge
Score: Gold | March 16, 2016 | TEXSOM International Wine Awards
Score: 88 | September 30, 2015 | Wine Spectator

This enticing white, offering apple, lime, floral and mineral aromas and flavors, with a touch of oak spice, is balanced, with moderate length. Drink now through 2018. –BS

Score: 87 | June 11, 2015 | Burghound

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. 

Score: 87-89 | January 17, 2015 | Burghound

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.