2017
"Le Clos Blanc De Vougeot"

Chardonnay
Description

As old as the Clos de Vougeot, The Clos Blanc de Vougeot was Cîteaux Abbey’s song of praise. The monks planted the first vines nine centuries ago, and the white wine pressed from the golden grapes filled the abbey-church’s cruets for almost 700 years. Such precious drops of gold, blinding and rare, are like an island of Chardonnay in an ocean of Pinot Noir... A single violin at the heart of an orchestra.
The Clos Blanc de Vougeot used to be known as the Petit Clos Blanc de Cîteaux, or simply Vougeot’s white vineyard. Like the Clos de Vougeot, it was founded by the monks of Cîteaux, which was constructed on the nearby plain in 1098. Saint Bernard was almost certainly present at the first harvests in Vougeot, which date back to 1110.

Tasting Notes
Aroma: 

Aromas of toasted bread and light floral notes.

Palate: 

On the palate, you are met with warm notes of crème brulée, baked spice and just a hint of honey suckle.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

Ullage planted out. Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Biodynamic preparation of 500 and 501 at the end of the winter and of 501 in spring before the flower. Suckers removed in spring.

The Clos Blanc, a mythical, mystical vineyard, is adjacent to the Château du Clos de Vougeot. This golden triangle, surrounded on all sides by great reds, first offered its pure, golden sacrament to its spiritual fathers, the first monks of Cîteaux, in 1110. Known as “The White Vineyard”, it is like a diamond set in the centre of rubies.

Tech Notes
  • Grape variety:
    • 95 % Chardonnay
    • 4 % Pinot Gris
    • 1 % Pinot Blanc
  • Ageing:
    • 18  months in oak barrels
    •  1-2 months in stainless steel tanks
    • Percentage of new barrels: 33%
  • Toasting: medium heat
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Delicate White Fish or Poultry Dishes; Oysters on the half shell
Cheese & Nuts:
Light Cheddar
SKU:
1VOVOFW317
$189