2004: A difficult vintage to describe
The white wines are very good, and similar to 2001, with lemon and citrus aromas as well as very attractive overripe notes. To drink now or hold (for people who enjoy aged white wines).
The reds are still closed at present, and not easy to evaluate.
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir on a 1.28 hectare plot
A large, 50-hectare clos (walled vineyard) created by the Monks of Cîteaux. Their cellar was located in the Château du Clos Vougeot, which is now the headquarters of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin.
The soil, largely dominated by clay, produces powerful, well-structured wines that have a rustic side when very young.
The grapes were handpicked into small crates, then sorted and totally destemmed. The wine stayed on the skins for 22 days in temperature-controlled open oak vats. Pigeage (punching down the cap) was done twice a day during alcoholic fermentation.
100% malolactic fermentation
100% ageing in oak barrels
Duration of ageing: 23 months
Tasted in 2005
COLOUR: Beautiful, intense ruby-red with purplish highlights
BOUQUET: Very pure and straighforward with black fruit aromas as well as spicy, liquorice nuances
PALATE: Concentrated and rich with hints of sweet spices, truffle, tobacco and forest fruit
Powerful and very refreshing tannic aftertaste