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Chateau De La Tour Clos-Vougeot 'Vielles Vignes' 2021-Heritage Wine Store Perth CBD Bottleshop

Chateau De La Tour Clos-Vougeot 'Vielles Vignes' 2021

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  • TASTING NOTE: Five-star wine “A slightly richer purple colour than the classic cuvée. The nose is a little bit more discreet, just a question of backwardness, because there is clearly more weight. A massive burst of deep raspberry fruit, less sucrosity and far more power at the finish. The tannins are enveloped by the fruit and the stems only show in the white pepper. Very persistent. Drink from 2028-2040.” 94-96 Points - Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
  • ABOUT THE WINE: The Vieilles Vignes comes from a selection of the oldest vines in the Clos, mostly planted in 1910 and situated mid-slope, right in the heart of the vineyard. A minimum 70 years of age is the threshold here, from only the best plots. Many of these ancient vines yield only a few bunches of grapes per vine and this fruit produces a Clos de Vougeot of unique intensity, breadth of flavour, complexity and structural power. There are also a few Pinot Beurot (Gris) vines interplanted in these parcels and these grapes are harvested and vinified with the Pinot Noir. Fermented with 50% bunches and raised in 50% new oak, the Vieilles Vignes is a deeper, more powerful wine than the Classique.
  • ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Hype or no hype, today Château de la Tour is one of the top producers of the Côte de Nuits and arguably the benchmark domaine of the Clos de Vougeot. But it hasn’t been an overnight success story. This grower has been making outstanding red Burgundies since at least the 1950s. Yet there is no doubt that since 2010 the already high quality of this producer’s wines has risen sharply, and in the last few vintages, it has gone through the roof.

    Of course, quality is a given from such a producer. The domaine is the largest holder in the Clos (with 5.5 hectares), meaning it controls a significant proportion of the finest vines—mainly on the upper slopes of the clos surrounding the Château, just below Musigny. Château de la Tour’s Vieilles Vignes are the oldest in the Clos and include one plot (approximately one hectare) of ancient vines planted in 1910. Even the so-called ‘younger vines’ have an average age of over 65 years. The viticulture has been organic for over 20 years, so the soils around these vines could hardly be more dynamic and healthier. One of the most significant advantages working in this producer’s favour is the winery’s proximity to the vines—located in the Clos itself, this is only one of two buildings within the walls of this 50-hectare Grand Cru vineyard. These factors, combined with the immensely talented team’s precise winemaking, result in exceptional, classic wines of what the French might term great breeding. An intensely knowledgeable and passionate grower, François Labet has been the driving force behind the domaine since 1984. Although Château de la Tour is steeped in history, it is also renowned for its ability to adapt within the confines of its relentless pursuit of quality. Those following the wines will not have missed the evolution towards a more nuanced, approachable style being produced here. There are many small factors behind this positive change. The appointment of the talented Sylvain Pataille to assist in both vineyard and winemaking decisions could be considered the catalyst. Of course, the climate has also been shifting and bringing more flesh to wines across the Côte. Another more recent factor is Labet’s son Edouard, who has now entered the picture. He is revising ideas and practices and working on the biodynamic side (supporting the organic viticulture that was incepted here as far back as 1992). Further, from 2019, even the Domaine’s once traditional and exclusive use of whole bunches has been recalibrated, alongside plans to reflect on the use of new oak. The Cuvée Classique is drawn predominantly from the domaine’s vines on the mid-slope of the Clos but also from plots on the lower and upper parts of the vineyard. There are six parcels in total, including the lieux-dits of Montiottes Basses, Quatorze-Journaux and Quartier Marei Bas. Château de La Tour’s emblematic Vieilles Vignes cuvée comes from a selection of the oldest vines in the Clos, mostly planted in 1910 and situated right in the heart of the vineyard. These ancient vines yield only two to three tiny bunches per vine in a good year. The net result is a Clos de Vougeot of unique intensity, breadth of flavour, complexity and structural power. In the most favourable years, the domaine bottles a third cuvée, the Hommage à Jean Morin. This ultra-rare wine, named after François’ grandfather, is produced exclusively from the oldest vines in the Clos, utilising only the first bunch on the first shoot of each vine. Bibendum

  • COUNTRY: France
  • REGION: Burgundy
  • SUB-REGION: Cote de Nuits
  • VARIETAL: Pinot Noir
  • WINE STYLE: Red Wine
  • WINEMAKER: François & Edouard Labet
  • CLASSIFICATION: Organic Farming
  • CLOSURE: Cork
  • ABV%: 14%
  • SIZE: 750ml

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