Saturday, January 12, 2013

Clos de Vougeot "Vieilles Vignes" 2011, Château de la Tour


This Clos de Vougeot commands a 50% premium over the "Cuvée Classique" and I have to admit that I struggle a little with the branding, the lesser wine having prominent red lettering. Funny names, funny labels. Tasted at the Corney & Barrow annual Burgundy tasting, this is not evolved on the nose at all. There is demonstrably more alcohol aromatically, its on the purples, plum and cherry. There is cointreau, tannin, aniseed, its medicinal. Impossible to unravel right now and that is always the concern about a Clos de Vougeot that is not bursting with fruit. How long does one need to wait and will it ever offer luxury as well as a stern, President Lincoln like visage? The comparison with the tasting note for the ripe, fruit-driven 2009 is invidious. Scores 18-23 / 30 for a Clos de Vougeot. Photo shows some unripe pinot grapes in the Clos de Vougeot on August 8, 2011 no doubt destined for the table de tri given the harvest started at the start of September.     

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