Le Clos Blanc De Vougeot, 1er Cru, Monopole 2014 Domaine De Vougeraie
The Clos Blanc, a mythical, mystical vineyard, is adjacent to the Château du Clos de Vougeot. This golden triangle, surrounded on all sides by great reds, the Clos Blanc de Vougeot used to be known as the Petit Clos Blanc de Cîteaux, or simply Vougeot's white vineyard. Like the Clos de Vougeot, it was founded by the monks of Cîteaux, which was constructed on the nearby plain in 1098. Saint Bernard was almost certainly present at the first harvests in Vougeot, which date back to 1110. Today this just under five acre vineyard is a Monopole, owned entirely by the Boisset family's Domaine de Vougeraie. They have farmed it bio-dynamically since 2001 and produce this rare white wine (95% Chardonnay, 4% Pinot Gris and 1% Pinot Blanc) in very limited quantity. Like the other rare and celebrated Cote De Nuits white wine, Musigny Blanc it is much sought out by connoisseurs. Grapes are all hand sorted and selected. Fermentation is started in stainless steel tanks and finished in oak barrels, 36% new, where it ages for between 11 and 12 months. Lees are stirred once a month. This 2014 got a 96 point score from Master of Wine Tim Atkins and it received a Gold Medal in the 2016 International Wine Challenge. They said "Honey, restrained nose, typical Burgundian characters of creamy minerals. Intense and rich with good focus and drive, still plenty of life in it with richer flavors." Extremely Limited!