When Martine saw a barrow load of bottles wheeled into the kitchen, she stood still. She touched the bottles and lifted one up. What is there in this bottle, Babette? she asked in a low voice. Not wine? Wine, Madame! Babette answered No, Madame. It is a Clos de Vougeot 1846!
Karen Blixen, in Babette s Feast, has captured the essence of Clos de Vougeot. It is not just a wine, but an emotion, a presence, an event...
Harvest date: September 28th and 29th, 2010 (Flower Day). Healthy crop.
Selection: hand-sorted in the vineyard and on arrival in the winery: 8%. Yield: 16 hl / ha
Harvest 70% de-stemmed, not crushed and vatted by gravitaty. No yeast addition. Gravity vated.
Maceration: pre-fermentation, cold (12-15°C) for 5 days. Length of maceration: 20 days.
Cap-punched once a day until mid-fermentation and a light pumping-over until the end of the vatting time.
Pressing with the vertical press.
Length: 17 months
Type: in barrels.
Percentage of new barrels: 50 % Toasting: long and slow.
Source of wood: Allier, Tronçais and Citeaux. A few new barrels racked.
Light and soft filtration. No fining.
February 14th and 15th, 2012 (Flower Day)
Limited to 3692 bottles, 400 magnums, 6 jeroboams and 3 rehoboams.