Domaine de la Vougeraie is a fine wine estate in the darling Côte de Nuits that despite its relatively recent origins as a unified concern, is today one of the region’s finest wine producers; much-lauded for both the quality and diversity of its wines. Indeed, fellow properties must cast a slightly envious eye over their vineyard holdings, which include such legendary Grand Cru vineyards as Clos de Vougeot and Bonnes- Mares. Dedication to quality is at the very heart and soul of this winery: the vineyards are certified organic and are treated bio-dynamically with the utmost care. But perhaps the most striking feature of Domaine Vougeraie is their insistence on low yields, often less than 30 hectolitres per hectare, which is immediately apparent in wines of richness, depth and real class – superlative in every way!
The Domaine was officially founded in 1999, created from the union of several estates across the region, acquired by the legendary Boisset family. Today, it is run by 3rd generation vintner Jean-Charles and Nathalie Boisset, although patriarch Jean-Claude remains involved. He started his adventure in 1964, acquiring his first five hectares of land, known as “Les Evocelles” at the north of the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation. Jean-Claude, ever an astute entrepreneur, acquired more vineyards across the best sub-regions of Burgundy, including Grand Cru and Premier Cru sites in Corton-Charlemagne, Pommard and Beaune; all renowned vineyards. In 1996, the family’s legacy grew again with the acquisition of another major estate. This remarkable transition from small grower to a major producer is one of Burgundy’s greatest success stories, a testament to the hard work and resolve of Jean-Claude.
However, regardless of the size of this great name, meticulous, painstaking care in the vineyard has always remained at the core of their value system. In keeping with modern practices, the estate converted to bio-dynamic cultivation over the past 10 years and is now a leading light in sustainability for the Burgundy region. The overriding aim has always remained the same for this family: producing excellent wines that evoke their terroir, a sense of place and a snapshot in time. Anyone who tastes their way through this superb range of Crus is left in no doubt; this is Burgundy at its very finest.
Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot (Monopole)
100% Chardonnay. A single vineyard wine, exclusively owned by the estate. The 2010 vintage was aged for 18 months in French oak and three months in tank. A powerful, age-worthy expression of the Chardonnay grape.
Clos Vougeot (Grand Cru)
100% Pinot Noir. Aged for 17 months in 50% new French oak. For laying down on release, a powerful expression of Pinot Noir.
Bonnes Mares (Grand Cru)
100% Pinot Noir. Aged for 17 months in 60% new French oak. A more feminine, lighter expression of red Burgundy.
Le Musigny (Grand Cru)
100% Pinot Noir. Aged for 17 months in 100% new French oak.
Corton-Charlemagne Le Charlemagne (Grand Cru)
100% Chardonnay. Aged for 18 months in 50% new French oak and 10 months in tank. Subject to lees stirring. One of Burgundy's greatest Chardonnay wines, designed for long ageing.
Gevrey-Chambertin Bel Air (Premier Cru)
100% Pinot Noir. Aged for 16 months in 40% new French oak.
Nuits-Saints-Georges Les Damodes (Premier Cru)
100% Pinot Noir. Aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak. A leading Premier Cru in the Nuits-Saints-Georges appellation.
Beaune Clos du Roi
100% Pinot Noir. Aged for 10 months in 30% new French oak. A lighter, softer, more accessible red Burgundy.
Pommard (Village wine)
100% Pinot Noir. Typically aged for 14/15 months in 30% new French oak.
Chambolle Musigny (Village wine)
100% Pinot Noir. Aged for 16 months in 30% new French oak. Accessible on release.
Rue de L'Eglise, 21700, Premeaux-Prissey
Tel +33 (0) 380 62 48 25
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- AOC Nuits-Saint-Georges
- Area under vine
- 34 hectares
- Age of vines
- 35 years
- Oak barrel origin
- Pierre Vincent
- Boisset family
- 110,000 bottles
- Grape varietals
- Gamay Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir