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Domaine de la Vougeraie Reviews

Score: 93 | October 1, 2014 | Wine & Spirits

Damodes is at the top of the hill on the border with Vosne-Romanee, where the Boisset family owns 2.27 acres of vines planted in the mid 1980's. They present it with the extravagant oak scent of a grand cru, and the wine has the red fruit intensity to sustain its vinous tension and generous complexity long after the toast and smoke is gone. The finish lasts for minutes, the wine needing five years or more to show its best.
 

Score: 90 | June 1, 2013 | Wine Spectator
Expressive aromas of red berries and oak spice grace this polished red, whose tannins are kept at bay by the fleshy texture. Fresh and firm, with spice notes echoing on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2029. 60 cases imported. –BS
Score: 91 | April 30, 2013 | Wine Spectator
This lean, sinewy red is marked by a tannic edge and a cedar note. There’s intensity to the cherry and berry fruit, finishing sweet, with a spicy accent.
Score: 93 | April 30, 2013 | Wine Spectator
The black cherry core is framed by vanilla and smoky oak notes in this powerful, beefy red. The tannins dominate the ripe fruit at this stage, contributing to a raw finish. The elements are all there, but this needs time to come together in the cellar.
Score: 90 | April 1, 2013 | Wine & Spirits
Dense pear and red peach skin flavors give this wine a cool tone. Impacted with fruit, the generous fullness of the wine is balanced by equally rich lemony acidity. The lasting impression is dark and smoky, seeming to hold complexities that will emerge with bottle age.
Score: 90 | April 1, 2013 | Wine & Spirits
Airy and fresh, with creamy notes of vanilla and the crust of crème brulée, this has tart acidity to spark up the finish, bringing out bright orange citrus flavors that last. Oak brings a puff pastry richness to the wine, but it’s balanced by all the citrusy fruit. Decant it for a cream-based seafood stew.
Score: 90 | April 1, 2013 | Wine & Spirits
From a triangle of vines adjacent to the Château du Clos de Vougeot, this block has been planted to white grapes at least as far back as 1110. Jasper Morris in his article, “Nuits Blanche” (W&S, October 2012), writes that the soil here is different from the rest of Clos de Vougeot, “an unusual salmon pink conglomerate of the Oligocene period.” Today, the monopole is planted mostly to chardonnay (95 percent) with a small amount of pinots gris and blanc. It produces a golden wine, the 2010 ripe with beeswax scents and fruit notes that range from lemon to pineapple. A tight structure holds all the ripeness, keeping the wine cool, focused for long aging.
Score: 90 | April 1, 2013 | Wine & Spirits
More generous and straightforwardly brisk than Le Clos Blanc, this wine has fresh melon flavors and a broad, smoky finish. Its deep, golden savor will develop into complexity over the next several years.
Score: 94 | January 14, 2013 | Burghound

An intensely floral nose of violets, lavender and lilac serves to add considerable elegance to the very fresh red pinot fruit that is substantially cut with wet stone and earth nuances. The large-bodied and imposingly structured flavors possess outstanding mid-palate density with an abundance of mouth coating and tannin-buffering dry extract, all wrapped in a textured, driving and built to age finish. This brooding and tightly wound effort will require close to 20 years to reach its apogee.

Score: Gold | October 1, 2012 | Decanter
Toasty, savoury aromas on a plush, modern style with slightly smoky, ripe strawberry and black cherry fruit layered over its terroir character. Generous and satisfying.
Score: 88+ | February 1, 2012 | The Wine Advocate
The 2010 Beaune Greves impresses for its textural depth, richness and overall complexity. There is plenty of volume in the fruit in the style of the vintage, but with plenty of underlying minerality. All in all, this is a terrific Greves well worth considering. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2022.
Score: 88-90 | February 1, 2012 | The Wine Advocate
The 2010 Gevrey-Chambertin La Justice comes across as delicate and fleeting in this vintage. Dried red cherries, crushed flowers and spices are some of the notes that waft from the glass. Overall, this comes across as a bit fragile and most likely best suited for drinking over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. This is stunning set of wines from Pierre Vincent and Domaine de la Vougeraie. It is impossible to miss the attention to detail at this impeccably run domaine. No expense is spared. It takes 80 people to work the vineyards during harvest and another 20 in the cellar to take it from there. Production in 2010 was of course down significantly as it was everywhere else. Yields came in at 24 hectoliters per hectare for the Pinot and 29 for the Chardonnay. Vincent used between 30-80% whole bunches, depending on the wine. Readers who want to learn more might want to check out my video interview with Pierre Vincent on www.erobertparker.com. I will report on the domaine’s 2009s in the April issue. For now let me just say the 2009 Musigny is one of the wines of the vintage.
Score: 88-90 | February 1, 2012 | The Wine Advocate
The 2010 Savigny-Les-Beaune Les Marconnets presents a dark profile of black cherries, plums, smoke and licorice, all in a deep, sensual style that is more than a little bit unusual for the appellation. This is an especially rich, big Savigny informed by the high percentage of shot berries that have given the wine its intensity and deep color, but it all works, and beautifully. It will be interesting to see how this develops over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2020. This is stunning set of wines from Pierre Vincent and Domaine de la Vougeraie. It is impossible to miss the attention to detail at this impeccably run domaine. No expense is spared. It takes 80 people to work the vineyards during harvest and another 20 in the cellar to take it from there. Production in 2010 was of course down significantly as it was everywhere else. Yields came in at 24 hectoliters per hectare for the Pinot and 29 for the Chardonnay. Vincent used between 30-80% whole bunches, depending on the wine. Readers who want to learn more might want to check out my video interview with Pierre Vincent on www.erobertparker.com. I will report on the domaine’s 2009s in the April issue. For now let me just say the 2009 Musigny is one of the wines of the vintage.
Score: 90-92 | February 1, 2012 | The Wine Advocate
The 2010 Vougeot Les Cras is a gorgeous, mid-weight wine laced with sweet red cherries, mint and crushed rocks. This is a decidedly focused, energetic wine with notable tension and wiriness. Saline notes mark the clean, bracing finish. Vincent notes that there was a high incidence of shot berries in this parcel. The Cras was made with 50% whole bunches. Anticipated maturity: 2015-2030. This is a stunning set of wines from Pierre Vincent and Domaine de la Vougeraie. It is impossible to miss the attention to detail at this impeccably run domaine. No expense is spared. It takes 80 people to work the vineyards during harvest and another 20 in the cellar to take it from there. Production in 2010 was of course down significantly as it was everywhere else. Yields came in at 24 hectoliters per hectare for the Pinot and 29 for the Chardonnay. Vincent used between 30-80% whole bunches, depending on the wine. Readers who want to learn more might want to check out my video interview with Pierre Vincent on www.erobertparker.com. I will report on the domaine’s 2009s in the April issue. For now let me just say the 2009 Musigny is one of the wines of the vintage.
Score: 94-96 | February 1, 2012 | Wine Advocate
The 2010 Corton Le Clos du Roi explodes onto the palate with masses of dark fruit, smoke, incense and licorice. It boasts exceptional volume and depth in a rich, round style that caresses the palate from start to finish. The aromas and flavors build seamlessly to the huge, imposing finish. This is a dazzling effort from La Vougeraie. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2040. This is stunning set of wines from Pierre Vincent and Domaine de la Vougeraie. It is impossible to miss the attention to detail at this impeccably run domaine. No expense is spared. It takes 80 people to work the vineyards during harvest and another 20 in the cellar to take it from there. Production in 2010 was of course down significantly as it was everywhere else. Yields came in at 24 hectoliters per hectare for the Pinot and 29 for the Chardonnay. Vincent used between 30-80% whole bunches, depending on the wine. Readers who want to learn more might want to check out my video interview with Pierre Vincent on www.erobertparker.com. I will report on the domaine’s 2009s in the April issue. For now let me just say the 2009 Musigny is one of the wines of the vintage.
Score: 95-97 | February 1, 2012 | Wine Advocate
The 2010 Charmes-Chambertin Les Mazoyeres is a kaleidoscopic wine that blossoms on the palate in all directions. Dark red fruit, smoke, incense and white flowers are all woven together in a fabric of nearly indescribable elegance. The Charmes boasts great intensity and fabulous balance all the way through to the finish. This is an utterly breathtaking effort. This parcel was planted in 1902 and is the domaine’s oldest. Vincent used 70% whole clusters on the Charmes and aged the wine in 80% new oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035. This is stunning set of wines from Pierre Vincent and Domaine de la Vougeraie. It is impossible to miss the attention to detail at this impeccably run domaine. No expense is spared. It takes 80 people to work the vineyards during harvest and another 20 in the cellar to take it from there. Production in 2010 was of course down significantly as it was everywhere else. Yields came in at 24 hectoliters per hectare for the Pinot and 29 for the Chardonnay. Vincent used between 30-80% whole bunches, depending on the wine. Readers who want to learn more might want to check out my video interview with Pierre Vincent on www.erobertparker.com. I will report on the domaine’s 2009s in the April issue. For now let me just say the 2009 Musigny is one of the wines of the vintage.
Score: 87 | January 10, 2012 | Burghound
Outstanding Top Value. Vincent indicated that this contains about 40% declassified villages level Beaune. An exceptionally fresh, cool and admirably pure red berry fruit nose with earth nuances introduces delicious and relatively refined flavors that offer good length. The supporting tannins display only mild rusticity and this is really quite good for its level as the presence of the upper level juice is apparent.