Technical sheet

The appellation

Clos de Vougeot is both a vineyard and a wine, a historic monument and a certain image of France. Extending the universal spirit of Cîteaux, the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin is open to the world. This temple of wine is a work of patience, resplendent after nearly a millennium of human effort and nature’s graces.

When Cîteaux Abbey was founded in 1098, the first monks were also given some land nearby. The Clos de Vougeot was planted shortly afterwards, in 1110. At this time Saint Bernard was tracing the outlines which gave the Cistercian order recognition throughout Christendom. This vineyard thrived under the Cistercian tonsure for 680 years, becoming an ideal present to obtain favours from popes or kings!

The second chapter of the Clos’ history lasted a hundred years. Under the Phrygian cap, it was considered as national property and sold to dignitaries by the Revolution. Julien-Jules Ouvrard, son of a famous Napoleonic war financier, owned it from 1818 to 1861. The Clos was inherited by his children, married into the Rochechouart and Montalembert families, before being sold to six local wine merchants in 1889. Since then the parcels have been divided many times, but the Clos de Vougeot remains the true heart of Burgundy wine.

In around 1550 the 48th Abbot of Cîteaux, Jean Loisier, built the Château at the centre of the Clos. Inspired by the Renaissance, its square towers are clearly reminiscent of the Middle Ages. Elegant and functional, as it also serves as a vat room and cellar, the Château du Clos de Vougeot is simply exceptional – nothing ostentatious, but truly inspired. The chateau has been the seat of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin since 1945, making it the best table d’hôte in France.

Léonce Bocquet (1839-1913) owned the château and some fifteen hectares in the Clos. Responsible for the restoration of the château, he was a man of great panache. When the Grand Marshal of the court of Hohenzollern, after spending three days tasting the Clos’ wine, ordered 200 bottles, he replied, “Tell your Emperor that I will not invoice a mere 200 bottles. I offer them”. Léonce Bocquet is buried in front of the château.

The vine

Total Surface: 1.4137 ha

Clos Vougeot « Montiottes hautes »
Surface: 1.052 ha
Geographical situation: parcel at the top of the Clos de Vougeot, on a slight slope (to the left of the alley leading to the château).
Exposure: East
Plantings: 1946/1954/1981/1993/1994

Clos Vougeot « Baudes Saint-Martin »
Surface: 0.3617 ha
Geographical situation: parcel at the bottom of the Clos de Vougeot.
Exposure: East
Plantings: 1985/1986

Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir

Soil and subsoil: pure silt, very pebbly, calcareous particularly at the top of the slope.

Planting density: 10 000 vines/ha

Rootstock: 40% of massal selection in the higher parcel and only clones in the lower parcel.

Organic agriculture: since 1998.
Official approval Ecocert®: 1999.
Biodynamics : 2001.

Pruning: 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 preparations 500 and 501 at the end of the winter and of 501 in spring before the flower. Suckers removed in spring.

The wine

Harvest date: September 1st 2022 and September 6th 2022 (flower and fruit days).
Selection: hand-sorted in the vineyard and on arrival in the winery.
Yield: 45 hl/ha

Grapes 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.
Light pumping-over until the end of the vatting time.
Pressing with the vertical press.

Length: 16 months
Type: in barrels.
Percentage of new barrels: 20 %
Toasting: long and slow.
Source of wood: Cher, Tronçais and Citeaux.
News barrels racked.
Light and soft filtration. No fining.

February 12th, 2024 for magnums and jeroboams (leaf day).
February 8th , 2024 for bottles (fruit day).
Limited to 6772 bottles, 581 magnums, 30 jeroboams.

Family Domaine at the heart of Burgundy

Contact us

7bis, rue de l’Eglise
21700 Premeaux Prissey

+33(0)3 80 62 48 25
+33(0)3 80 61 25 44

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private customers

Are you passing through Burgundy?
Find our wines at La Maison Vougeot :
1, rue du vieux château
21640 - Vougeot
Burgundy - France
+33 3 80 61 06 10
+33 6 83 79 44 49

(Visits exclusively for the trade by appointment.)