Clos de Vougeot

Clos Vougeot, established by Cistercian monks.
Clos Vougeot, established by Cistercian monks.

Traveling through Beaune you are in contact with the reality of their complicated wine classification system.  Seeing the different vineyards and inspecting labels on these precious bottles it becomes easier to understand why a “regional” bottle of Pinot noir can cost E12 and another – at Grand Cru level – E100+. You also hear about exceptions to the application like Clos Vougeot.  Although there should be Grand Crus and Premier Crus all of Vougeot qualify for Grand Cru status because it would be to complicated to split it!  It makes Hemel-en-Aarde’s 3 wards look like Burgundy kindergarten! Clos Vougeot is 50.2 ha in size with 80 owners and 110 winemakers.  When you refer to a property the 1st question asked is “who is the winemaker?”.  In Burgundy there are 3800 winemakers.

An ancient press at Vougeot - used by Cisterian monks
An ancient press at Vougeot – used by Cisterian monks
You can own a row of vines here at Vougeot
You can own a row of vines here at Vougeot

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