Still waiting for the dinner invitation? (Clos de Vougeot, Burgundy)

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The Clos de Vougeot 16th century monastery and vineyard and the les Petits Vougeots vineyard, Burgundy, Bourgogne, France


Clos de Vougeot, Vougeot, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, stock photography samples, by Per Karlsson, BKWine.

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Clos de Vougeot (or Clos Vougeot) is a vineyard in the commune of Vougeot in the Cote de Nuits in Cote d’Or in burgundy. In its centre there is an old medieval monastery, called the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot.

The Clos de Vougeot has some 50 hectares, which makes it the biggest grand “vineyard” (perhaps more accurately, grand cru appellation) in Cote de Nuits (Bourgogne). It was created in the medieval age by the Cistercian monks from the Citeaux Abbey.

The vineyard is enclosed by a stone wall, hence the prefix “clos”. It produces red wines from the pinot noir grape (a small portion of chardonnay, pinot blanc and pinot gris is allowed). Clos de Vougeot is also famous for the large number of owners who each own a plot of the “vineyard”. The number varies depending on the source, sometimes quoted as high as 80. Jasper Morris lists 41 in his book on Burgundy. The truth is probably in between. Some of the land owners do not make wine themselves but sell grapes or must to others. Since it is a very well known grand cru appellation many négociant consider it important to be able to offer a Clos de Vougeot wine to their customers.

Each year there is a famous festive dinner given at the Chateau du Clos de Vougeot. It is the Confrerie des Chevalies du Tastevin who gives their great annual dinner.

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Bourgogne Vougeot Chateau du Clos de Vougeot - stock photo samples - Images by Per Karlsson

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