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    Château de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 'Cuvée Classique' 2014

    Château de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 'Cuvée Classique' 2014

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    The Cuvée Classique (as this wine is known) is drawn from the Domaine's parcels on the mid slope of the Clos as well as parcels on the lower and upper parts of the vineyard. There are six parcels in total, which vary considerably in size. The main parcels are situated in the middle of the Clos include the lieux-dits Montiottes Basses, Quatorze Journaux and Quartier Marei Bas (home also to the 1910 planted vieilles vignes parcel). The smallest holdings are those in the Quatorze Journaux and Baudes Saint Martin lieux dits, two parcels at the bottom of the slope that sandwich Etienne Grivot's vines, and La Plante l'Abbé, at the top of the Clos, near the Chateau and the Grands Echezeaux border.


    These vineyards have been managed organically for well over 20 years and average around 50-60 years of age. 100% whole bunch, no added yeasts and aged in 50% new oak, are the main winemaking specs, with the barrels being fashioned according to each season by Stéphane Chassin in Charente (see below). This is a super fine, pure and fine Cuvée Classique, wonderfully perfumed, and fleshy. The flowing grenadine and dark cherry fruit is superbly supported by lively, ripe acidity and savoury yet very fine, well integrated tannins. Enormous depth and ferrous mineral notes and even some forest floor complexity creeping through. Stéphane Chassin and Labet have collaborated to fashion an excellent barrel for this vintage, for while present, the wood does not cloud the soaring fruit purity of this year's wine. A great vintage for this wine

    Producer

    The first thing to understand is that Chateau de la Tour has a number of historical advantages over its neighbours in the Clos. The fact that Chateau de la Tour is the largest holder in the Clos, with 6ha, means that it controls a significant chunk of the finest vineyards, mostly on the upper slopes of the Clos surrounding the Chateau (pictured on the label), just below Musigny. Secondly these vineyards are managed organically (very unusual in the Clos) and have been done so for over 20 years! Thirdly, this is the only producer to have its winery within the Clos itself and it is always a quality advantage to be close to your vines. Then there is the age of the vines, for the most part between 60 and 100+ years old, the oldest vines in the Clos. All, this, combined with Francois Labet’s precise, 100% whole bunch winemaking, results in striking, classic wines of great breeding. The Vielles Vignes is one of the most powerful Vougeot’s released each year while the “classique” - fine, pure, intense and long - is one of the finest value Grand Cru Burgundies going around. The second thing to understand is that the traditional, whole bunch fermentation results in structured wines that live for ever and typically require a good decant when served young. They begin showing their best at ten plus years of age.

    Region

    The first visit to the hallowed ground of Burgundy is a special one. The region is the high-altar to Pinot Noir and Chardonnay and stretches from the outer suburbs of Dijon to Macon in the south at the northern border of Beaujolais. The vivid Chardonnay wines of Chablis are an outlier, situated some 105km to the north-west of Dijon on stark kimmeridgian” limestone. The hallowed ground of the Côte-d'Or is neatly split in two by the town of beaune. To the north lies the Côte de Nuits, home to 24 Grand Cru vineyards; Pinot Noir rules here. To the south of Beaune lies the Côte de Beaune where Chardonnay plays a more dominant role with seven of the eight Grand Cru vineyards producing white wine. Value is to be found further south in the appellations of Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais. Local Knowledge” A meal at Ma Cuisine in Beaune is a must or visit Beaune markets, stock up on provisions and have a picnic at the ‘secret’ picnic table above the famous ‘Cros Parantoux’ vineyard in Vosne-Romanée.

    Specifications

    • Cellaring

      10+ Years
    • Varieties

      Pinot Noir
    • Vintage

      2014
    • Alcohol Content

      13.5%
    • Closure

      Cork
    • Bottle Size

      750ml

    Critic Reviews (1)

    Allen Meadows

    93 points | January 2017
    A moderate application of wood frames the overtly floral and attractive fresh aromas of ripe dark cherry, cassis and soft earth hints. The sleek and delineated flavors possess a supple mid-palate though the youthfully austere finish tightens up quickly. This should be approachable after only 6 to 8 years but reward 12 to 15.
    A moderate application of wood frames the overtly floral and attractive fresh aromas of ripe dark cherry, cassis and soft earth hints. The sleek and delineated flavors possess a supple mid-palate though the youthfully austere finish tightens up quickly. This should be approachable after only 6 to 8 years but reward 12 to 15.

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