Clos Vougeot - Grand Cru 2007

The vintage

For those of us who like fresh and refreshing wines with fairly low alcohol and bright acidity accompanied by correct aromatic and phenolic maturities, we have been waiting for this vintage for a long time ! The hot and warm months of April and May forewarned an early harvest, likely at the end of August, but the weather changed to chilly and rainy for the rest of the summer. We pushed back the harvest dates because, as was generally the case for this vintage, one of the keys to success was that it could not be rushed. We started at

the very end of August with the reds, and after a few days break, we picked the whites.

The reds show a very fresh nose with vibrant red fruit aromas of raspberry and red currant along with floral notes. We chose to use a significant portion of whole clusters in the fermentation because the grape and stem quality was high. The mouthfeels are full, fleshy and generous. The noses are vibrantly intense ; the tannins are fine, silky and integrated with the fruit ; and overall, there is a sensation of balance and freshness that persists through the long, mineral finish. As for whites, the 2007 vintage represents what we like in noble white wines : grace, heightened minerality and lots of restraint..

Tasting notes

- (from a .29 ha parcel by the abandoned tower just west of the Château de La Tour; 100% stems). A subtle touch of wood sets off an unusually elegant and very pinot nose interlaced with spice, violet and warm earth notes that can also be found on the complex and youthfully austere flavors that possess really lovely finishing balance and outstanding length. Like a number of wines in the range, this is not a bruiser or overly dense, indeed it could accurately be described as a Clos de Vougeot of finesse, which is not an adjective that gets used with this appellation all that often. (90-93)/2014+ Allen MEADOWS – BURGHOUND

- (50% new oak; 100% whole clusters) Good full red. Sappy aromas of ripe black cherry, licorice and fresh herbs. Fruity but closed and dominated by its strong structure, offering less charm and personality today than the Clos du Roi. Rather austere flavors of black cherry, licorice and menthol. Finishes with serious, oak-driven tannins. This is tough going today. 90  Stephen TANZER

 

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