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Joseph Drouhin Clos Vougeot 1985

Winemaker's Notes:

In the Côte de Nuits, nestled between Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny, lie the Clos de Vougeot vineyard and its Château. Famous all over the world, it is a true masterpiece of Burgundy. The beautiful Château in the middle of the vineyards was built by the monks of the Cîteaux abbey in the latter part of the 12th Century. It is now the headquarters of the "Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin" (the well-known wine society) and the setting for its prestigious banquets. The vineyard is situated on a gentle slope facing directly East. The soil is a mix of lime-stone with varying amounts of clay. The closest neighbour is Musigny on one side, and Grands-Echezeaux on the other. The only grape variety is Pinot Noir. Joseph Drouhin owns several parcels in this prestigious Grand Cru. At harvest time, the grapes are picked by hand in small crates and then brought to the winery in Beaune. Fermentation and maceration are traditional : the grapes ferment in open wooden vats with the cap being regularly punched down and the juice pumped over. After 18 months of ageing in oak barrels, the wine is fined with egg-whites prior to bottling. Clos de Vougeot has a deep red colour. Aromas are reminiscent of raspberry and wild cherry. With time, the nose changes to more complex flavours such as stewed fruit and truffles. Well-balanced, distinctive and elegant, Clos de Vougeot has a good structure with refined tannins. It also has very good ageing potential, 10 to 20 years depending on the quality of the vintage.

Joseph Drouhin:
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name.  Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew.  At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable ... Read more
In 1880, Joseph Drouhin, who was from the Chablis region originally, chose the city of Beaune to found the business that bears his name.  Over the years and with each generation, the vineyard estate grew.  At the same time, the founder's passionate search for excellence and knowledge was handed down like a family heirloom; Maison Joseph Drouhin continues to ensure this valuable family heritage. Dedication to the diversity of Burgundy has always been the sole focus and vocation of Maison Joseph Drouhin, as vineyards - mostly premier and grand crus - were acquired in all major areas.   Out of firm conviction, Drouhin has adopted a biological and biodynamic approach to viticulture.  Listening to nature: from vine to glass, at every step in the elaboration of the wine, a profound respect and deference to nature prevails. From its very beginning, Maison Joseph Drouhin has aimed for an ideal of perfection and elegance.  The style of Joseph Drouhin combines balance, harmony and character, providing infinite pleasure.   Thanks to its open-minded world view, Joseph Drouhin introduces the best of Burgundy to all continents.  Its active presence in many countries is the surest proof of its desire to get acquainted and understand other cultures and styles of living. Read less

In the Côte de Nuits, nestled between Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny, lie the Clos de Vougeot vineyard and its Château. Famous all over the world, it is a true masterpiece of Burgundy. The beautiful Château in the middle of the vineyards was built by the monks of the Cîteaux abbey in the latter part of the 12th Century. It is now the headquarters of the "Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin" (the well-known wine society) and the setting for its prestigious banquets. The vineyard is situated on a gentle slope facing directly East. The soil is a mix of lime-stone with varying amounts of clay. The closest neighbour is Musigny on one side, and Grands-Echezeaux on the other. The only grape variety is Pinot Noir. Joseph Drouhin owns several parcels in this prestigious Grand Cru. At harvest time, the grapes are picked by hand in small crates and then brought to the winery in Beaune. Fermentation and maceration are traditional : the grapes ferment in open wooden vats with the cap being regularly punched down and the juice pumped over. After 18 months of ageing in oak barrels, the wine is fined with egg-whites prior to bottling. Clos de Vougeot has a deep red colour. Aromas are reminiscent of raspberry and wild cherry. With time, the nose changes to more complex flavours such as stewed fruit and truffles. Well-balanced, distinctive and elegant, Clos de Vougeot has a good structure with refined tannins. It also has very good ageing potential, 10 to 20 years depending on the quality of the vintage.

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