XII Century Château du Clos de Vougeot

XII Century Château du Clos de Vougeot

A grand old Burgundy pile, the chateau was built in the 16th century, but its wine-making tradition goes back much earlier. Until the revolution, the vineyard was owned by Cisterian monks, the immense 13th century winepresses an impressive sight and a testament to their centuries of labours. A walk around the walled vineyard’s gentle slope is scenic, timeless France in microcosm, and a viticulture lesson-in-miniature. Start at the top near the chateau – here, as elsewhere in Burgundy, the upper slopes produce the finest wines, the soil host to a perfect mix of chalk and gravel. Further down the slope, fine premier crus from the clay and limestone rich mid-section give way to the lower slopes, traditionally in Burgundy where ‘village’ level wines are produced. After a stroll, there’s only one thing left to do: toast the chateau by raising a fine glass of its robust pinot noir. Salut!

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