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Gerard Raphet, 'Vieilles Vignes' Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2021
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Gerard Raphet, 'Vieilles Vignes' Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2021

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This domaine is a favorite of ours because it flies just under the radar – it hides in plain sight - not as famous as some other growers, but their collection of vineyards such as Clos de Beze, Clos de la Roche, and Lavaux St. Jacques is as serious as it gets, and with many older vine parcels in each.  Gérard took over from his father Jean, and his daughter Marion now works alongside him and will take over the winery in a few years. The wines are soulful and can be describe as “Burgundy lover’s Burgundy” with delicate color and fruit that intermingles with the sense of earth in each sip. Harvest is done by hand, and grapes are fermented on indigenous yeasts in tank and then aged for some 18 months in mostly older French oak barrels.

Raphet has two parcels in the Clos. One with a a stone marker set on the vineyard’s down-slope wall. Another family parcel upslope, with older vines, is located in lieu-dit ‘Les Grand Maupertuis.’ They make a wine that blends the two, BUT this wine is entirely from Les Grands Maupertis from vines that are nearly 100 years old. Here soils are thin, closer to the “mother rock” of Burgundian limestone. Aromas of earth, baking spices, red and black berries. Fine-grained tannins; structured, earthy, profound. 

Every year a true star and an answer to the perpetual question... YES Clos Vougeot is Grand Cru worthy... at least some parts! 

Clos Vougeot
Pinot Noir
Clay and Limestone
Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in tank. Aged in older French oak barrels for 18 months (approximately 15% new oak). Bottled unfined and unfiltered.