Chateau de la Tour, Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru, 2009

$299.00
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Does history matter when it comes to wine? We think so! Of course there are always exciting new comers that inject much needed innovation and freshness, but most of the world's highly coveted wines have long and storied traditions (it's even true for many California wines). The history and stories behind these wines are interwoven into the fabric of the vineyards and play a crucial role in their greatness. Chateau de la Tour is a perfect example. They are the only domaine in Burgundy whose Chateau and cellar are located within the walls of the Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot. This is the second largest Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy and there are many different domaines who have parcels here, but Chateau de la Tour has by far more vines than anyone else. And more importantly these are old vines (an average age of over 60) from the best areas in the top and center of the vineyard. All this history of course would be moot if their wasn't a gifted winemaker at the helm; but fortunately Francois Labet is an excellent proprietor and guides the viticulture and winemaking with a deft hand.

Professional Reviews

Burghound

BH 95
"A markedly ripe yet agreeably fresh nose of lightly spiced and distinctly floral aromas of earthy red currant, menthol, cassis and humus. There is outstanding richness to the round and admirably concentrated big-bodied flavors that display an evident muscularity as well as an abundance of dry extract that stains the palate and pushes the firm tannic spine to the background on the explosively long and overtly austere finish. This is a serious 2009 that will require at least 15 years of cellar time." -Allen Meadow

Antonio Galloni

AG 93
"Less detailed on the nose than the 2010, but still with a subtle soil character to the aromas of dried flowers, mocha, mint, licorice and spices. A more powerful, savory style than the '10 but less expressive and delineated at this point; can't quite match the younger vintage for treble notes but there's plenty of energy here, not to mention a fine-grained texture and serious stuffing. Finishes suave, classically dry and long, without quite the finesse of tannins shown by the 2010 but not a bit edgy." -Stephen Tanzer

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