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Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Clos De Vougeot Grand Cru 2012


Domaine Drouhin-Laroze Clos De Vougeot Grand Cru 2012 has a composed bouquet of blackcurrant and raspberry fruit, a touch of cigar ash and woodland aromas developing close behind. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent, ripe tannins, balanced acidity and very good length on the finish.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Nuits, Clos De Vougeot
Vintage: 2012
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
ABV: 14%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Powerful and wonderful
Drink With: Lièvre à la royale

The Clos De Vougeot, in the heart of the Côte De Nuits, occupies most of the vineyard area belonging to the commune of Vougeot. Vougeot’s neighbours are Chambolle-Musigny, Flagey-Échezeaux and Vosne-Romanée. On the slopes at the upper end of the Clos, it abuts onto the vineyards of Musigny and Grands Échezeaux. Founded around 1110 AD by the monks of nearby Cîteaux, who remained its owners until the French Revolution in 1789, the Clos De Vougeot is a Burgundian icon. Its 50.59 hectares have never been broken up and it retains its identity within the walls which were built to enclose it 5 centuries ago.

The château which adjoins the cellars and the winery with its giant presses dating back to the 12th and 14th centuries are built in the Burgundian Renaissance style and are open to visitors. The Confrérie Des Chevaliers Du Tastevin holds its meetings or “chapters” here, and it is no surprise that the finest food and wine in France is found in the area.

From Richard Herring writing on Jancis Robinson's Purple Pages:
Juicy and sweet fruit; pleasantly punchy tannins. This has the gutsiness that their Chapelle-Chambertin seems to lack. Real leathery, savoury power on the finish. Drink 2018-2034. 17.5 Points

From Neal Martin writing on Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
The 2012 Drouhin-Laroze Clos De Vougeot Grand Cru has a very fragrant bouquet with scents of blueberry, blackcurrant pastilles and dried rose petals - all very well delineated. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, grainy tannins, good depth and great precision towards the finish. This is one of the domaine's best wines this year - real class. 93-95 Points