2013 Nuits St Georges Les Damodes Domaine de la Vougeraie

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Average critic rating : 93.0 points



The 2013 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Damodes has a slightly spicier and more generous bouquet than the Clos de Thorey, although not quite the same detail and delineation at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins, very well-judged acidity and good density on the finish that is sprinkled with white pepper and cumin. This has great potential and I appreciated this as much as the domaine's Musigny Grand Cru. ||Pierre Vincent has taken a steady hand to Domaine de la Vougeraie in recent years and in my mind, has begun producing some quite splendid wine from a strong portfolio of holdings, wines that hold their own in blind tastings. "It was not easy for biodynamic farming because there was a lot of rain and low temperatures and then there was the terrible hailstorm in the Côte de Beaune. For whites it was difficult in Beaune and Charlemagne. But I am happy with the quality. The white are pure and clean, perhaps with a touch of reduction for hail-affected vineyards. But I am very happy with Bâtard-Montrachet. The harvest was not easy. We started on 26 September, just before the rain that arrived on 1 October. I was lucky because all the white were harvested before the rain. Others harvested after and for the white that made it difficult for them. The balance between fruit and acidity is perfect for the whites. For the reds it was easier because it was not affected by hailstorm and I am very happy with the Nuit Saint Georges, Vougeot and Chambolle villages. The pH after malo was around 3.55 - a perfect pH after malo. I do more and more whole clusters, a minimum 30% but for the Côte de Nuits it is between 50% and 100% whole cluster." This was a strong selection from Pierre, in particular I would draw your attention to a brilliant Charlemagne (renamed thus after being Corton-Charlemagne for many years) and a really quite awesome Charmes-Chambertin, one of the best that I tasted. eRobertParker.com.December, 2014

Domainede la Vougeraie was created in 1999 when Jean-Claude Boisset decided to collate all of his vineyard holdings from his various negociant companies under one name. The name is inspired by Boisset’s significant holdings in the village of Vougeot and the domaine itself covers over 25 hectares of vineyards more than 20 different appellations. With six grand crus (Musigny,BonnesMares, Closde Vougeot, Charmes-ChambertinLes Mazoyères, CortonClos du Roi and Corton Charlemagne En Charlemagne), Domaine de la Vougeraie is one of Burgundy’s leading domaines.The premier and grand cru vineyards are all farmed biodynamically and yields are carefully restricted. Winemaker Pierre Vincent favours a delicate approach: hand sorting, cool maceration and the grapes are only punched down once a day. This results in elegant, complex wines which are of consistently high quality.

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