Chateau de la Tour Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2013
1 or more bottles$419.00
Allen Meadows93 points
Wine Enthusiast94 points
Domaine Chateeau de la Tour is one of the leading producers with holdings in Clos de Vougeot. The oldest of which is a plot with vines planted in 1910
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- Red Fruits
- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
"A dense nose features notes of very ripe plum, cassis, violet, spice, earth and tea nuances that are trimmed in moderate wood and menthol notes. There is excellent intensity and power to the concentrated middle weight plus flavors that possess an abundance of dry extract that pushes the very firm core of tannins to the background on the moderately austere, complex and wonderfully long finish. This is solidly well-balanced and while it's quite firm it's not hard or rustic."
"This château in the middle of the Clos de Vougeot claims fame as the only winery situated inside the walls of this fabled vineyard. This ripe, rich and concentrated wine is full of jammy strawberry fruits that are deepened by the wood aging. The structure and the density of this wine show that it will age well. Drink from 2023."
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Vougeot is a small wine village in the heart of Burgundy's Côte de Nuits region in France. The village is famous for its grand cru vineyard, the Clos de Vougeot, which is enclosed within a wall that dates back to the 12th century. The Clos de Vougeot covers an area of over 50 hectares and is home to more than 80 different producers.
The wines produced in Vougeot are predominantly red, made from the Pinot Noir grape variety. The wines are known for their depth, complexity, and aging potential. They are also prized for their aromas of cherries, raspberries, and other red fruits, as well as their earthy and sometimes spicy notes.
The climate in Vougeot is continental, with cold winters and warm summers. The soil is rich in limestone, clay, and marl, which gives the wines their distinctive minerality and structure. The terroir in Vougeot is considered to be one of the finest in Burgundy and has helped the region to produce some of the world's most sought-after wines.
In addition to the grand cru vineyard, Vougeot is home to several premier cru vineyards, such as Les Cras, Les Petits Vougeots, and Les Suchots. These vineyards produce wines that are of exceptional quality and are highly sought-after by wine collectors and enthusiasts around the world.
Overall, Vougeot is a small but significant wine village that is rich in history, tradition, and terroir. Its wines are some of the most highly regarded in the world and continue to impress wine lovers with their depth, complexity, and aging potential.
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About the brand Chateau de la Tour
Founded in 1890, the Château de la Tour is one of the leading lights of Clos de Vougeot and one of the more storied producers in Cote de Nuits. Now under the guidance of Francois Labet this estate is in a purple patch for production. With the Château still located within the Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru it is difficult to imagine a producer with a better understanding of the vineyard than Château de la Tour.