History

Nathalie & Jean-Charles Boisset

Nathalie & Jean-Charles Boisset

The Domaine de La Vougeraie was created from the union of several estates acquired over the years together with the Boisset family’s first vineyards, all brought under a single banner as the symbol of a single philosophy: A certain idea of excellence. The Domaine de La Vougeraie was created in 1999, but its history goes back to 1964 and the family’s first vines, “Les Evocelles” at the north of Gevrey-Chambertin.

Our father acquired this plot when he was just starting out. It was from here in his village, with these initial five hectares from village appellation to grand crus, that the multicolored palette grew. Two decades later, the first opportunity for expansion presented itself around Vougeot: Le Clos du Prieuré, the first plot of Clos Vougeot, the Musigny, Bonnes Mares and Charmes-Chambertin, and our first foothold in the Côte de Beaune with the Corton Clos du Roi and Beaune Grèves. Our presence on the Côte de Nuits was further strengthened with the purchase of the Clos des Corvées Pagets and Les Damodes in Nuits-Saint-Georges.

The acquisition in 1996 of another major estate added several Beaune wines, which now account for around one-third of our total: Corton-Charlemagne, two vineyards in Pommard, the premier crus of Beaune and Savigny, names which add another dimension to our estate.
The last decade of the 20th century saw the vines enter a new era, as we embarked upon a sustainable approach that has gradually shifted to organic cultivation, an essential step in our view.
Finally, Vougeot came full circle with a familiar echo through the addition of an evocative patchwork: Clos Vougeot, En Bollery, the famous plot opposite the Clos Vougeot, the premier cru Les Cras, and the jewel in the crown, Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot, this celebrated monopole with its golden aspect, unique on the Côte de Nuits.

From these 10 hectares in our family village, and inspired by the name of our parents’ house, came the name Domaine de la Vougeraie, a natural link back to the roots of our childhood – but also a challenge to live up to.