Chateau De La Tour Clos Vougeot Vielles Vignes Grand Cru 2016

The Vieilles Vignes comes from a selection of the oldest vines in the clos, mostly planted in 1910 and situated mid-slope, right in the heart of the clos. Vines of this age only yield 2-3 bunches of grapes per vine in a good year. The result is a Clos de Vougeot of unique intensity, breadth of flavour, complexity and structural power. The wine shows only a subtle wood influence thanks to the qu...


95 Points Allen Meadows, Burghound


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Varietal
Pinot Noir
Brand Name
Chateau De La Tour
Style
Red Wine
Size
750 mL Bottle
Country
FRANCE
Region
Burgundy

Product Description

The Vieilles Vignes comes from a selection of the oldest vines in the clos, mostly planted in 1910 and situated mid-slope, right in the heart of the clos. Vines of this age only yield 2-3 bunches of grapes per vine in a good year. The result is a Clos de Vougeot of unique intensity, breadth of flavour, complexity and structural power. The wine shows only a subtle wood influence thanks to the quality of Labet's oak, which is made to order. In short, Labet buys and ages his own tight-grain staves and air dries them for 2-3 years, then he has barrels (mostly 350 litre and some 450 litre) made by the tiny cooper Stéphane Chassin. Labet and Chassin taste the first wines that finish fermenting each vintage (from tank) so that Chassin knows how to finish the barrels. In certain vintages, the Vieilles Vignes can be a much more powerful, structured wine than the Classique, but more and more it is, in fact, simply finer. The 2016 is deep and powerful and will certainly age for many decades. On the other hand, it is mighty fine now with the right food, especially if you're in the mood for something more tightly wound. The notes below sum things up well.

"Here too there is a pretty maraschino cherry note sitting atop the slightly riper array of super-fresh plum, black cherry, cassis and violet-scented aromas. The naturally sweet and beautifully concentrated broad-shouldered flavors brim with sappy dry extract before culminating in an overtly powerful and driving finish where the intensity really builds from the mid-palate on to the explosive backend. The old vines are very much apparent and this should also age effortlessly for years. 92-95 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 69

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