Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2016
The Clos de Vougeot is the link between Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny, it borders both the Musigny Grand Cru and some Grands Crus from Vosne. In terms of style, the Clos de Vougeot, depending on the producer, usually lies between these two municipalities and combines the delicate red fruit of Chambolle with the firm structure and darker influences of Vosne. We also have a relatively pure limestone with fine clayey inserts, the terroir that the Pinot Noir likes best and that we can only find in this perfection unique worldwide on this fillet belt of the Cote de Nuits. Depending on the vintage, the grapes are fermented to a smaller extent as whole grapes and aged 80-100% in new oak barrels. An absolutely amazing nose, because it is powerful, smoky and dark-spicy with slightly toasted influences from the noble oak wood, but at the same time also delicate and seductive with the finest fruit consisting of red and black influences, but not yet clearly defined, for which the wine is still to behave . The Clos de Vougeot is overall less fruity than other Mongeard wines, still looks slightly reserved, very congregated, but you can already hear the great resilience. On the one hand we have dark, stony influences, a lot of graphite paired with a touch of tar, a little wax, on the other hand a certain floral note with blooming thyme and almost a few violets. On the palate a lot of sweet cherry, raspberry, forest berries, a little caramel, the back becomes slightly floral again. A fine salt trace of acid underpins the fruit down to the minerally supported finish. A lot of dark spice and minerality follow in the aftertaste. The body is juicy, dense and expands to great lengths. The final definition and finishing touches are still a few years away, although the tannin is already extremely delicate and velvety, as is the case with all 2016 Mongeard wines. The Clos de Vougeot combines the tart, dark touch of the southern Côte de Nuits with the tempting red fruit of Chambolle-Musigny, in order to result in a fine, independent Grand Cru with a lot of character and storability.