Vougeot is best known for the highly reputed Clos de Vougeot, but there are a number of other outstanding climats in the remaining 16.5 hectares of appellation d’origine contrôlée. A mere pocket handkerchief, but one of silk and lace. These climats are only known to true passionates of Burgundy wine. Take Les Cras, for example. Do you know where to find it?
The word Cras (or Crâs) is common throughout the Côte de Beaune, found in Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Pommard and Meursault. Crai or Crais other are common forms of the same root, all referring to stony, calcareous plots, with pebbles atop clayey soil.
This climat shares its history with the Clos de Vougeot. The monks of the nearby Abbey of Notre-Dame de Cîteaux planted their vines here in around 1110, just a few years after the Abbey was founded, and indeed the vineyard belonged to the Abbey until it was sold off under the French Revolution.
Les Cras is one of the four Premiers Crus in the Vougeot appellation. The name of the Domaine de la Vougeraie is derived from Vougeot and the Vouge, the small stream flowing through the village.
Geographical situation: At Vougeot, halfway between Gevrey-Chambertin and Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Cras lies against the north wall of the Clos de Vougeot, directly in line with the central section of the Grand Cru, at an altitude of 240 to 250 metres. The sun rises over the village of Vougeot, and sets over the Clos Blanc.
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Soil and subsoil: pure silt, fine and coarse sand giving excellent drainage. Very calcareous. GEST compost.
Planting density: 10 000 vines / ha
Total surface: 1,43 ha
Yield: 17,55 hl / ha
Rootstock: 50 % of massal selection and 50 % of clones.
Pest management since 1992
Organic agriculture. Received official approval in 1999.
Bio-dynamic agriculture since the 2001 campaign.
Training style: Guyot
Vineyard news: 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.
* Groupement d'Etude et de Suivi des Terroirs
Les Cras Vigne Blanche
Surface: 0,7606 ha
Geographical situation: a part of Les Cras is planted in the Vigne Blanche. Parcel at mid-slope.
Plantings: 1985/1986 1994/1995
Surface: 0,6681 ha
Geographical situation: part of Les Cras is planted in the Vigne Blanche. Parcel at mid-slope.
Plantings: 1983/1984 1985/1986