Only reds from the Clos Vougeot may be Grand Cru, and the clos is, effectively, the appellation. The issue is that authorities won’t dissect this walled-in vineyard. In a region where the subtle temperature difference afforded by a ditch changes the AOC, how can 50 contiguous hectares be classified as Grand Cru? Vougeot wines resemble Gevrey’s with bacon and roasted nut accents.
Pour: Domaine René Engel 2004 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru
Tobacco and crushed leaves accompany forest fruits and mushroom and lead to a long finish. Compact and palate-coating, the fine tannin and buoyant acidity keep this muscular and weighty wine bright.