Any Burgundy nut can tell you that not all parcels of Clos Vougeot are created equal. Gérard Raphet knows that too well, and quietly grins when talking about his old-vine rows, planted before the war. As in World War I. Look for exquisite aromatics and flavors of black raspberries, sandalwood, Asian plums and a focused, brooding finish. Wines like this help you understand why, to this day, French Army regiments still stop along the RN74 and salute the Château du clos de Vougeot. We picked our favorite barrel from this terrific vintage!
Psst. Full disclosure time. The wines of the [rather serious] Gérard Raphet really are our favorite wines from the Côte de Nuits. There’s just something about them that can be exhilarating to those who have never tried them. They are intimate, personal red burgundies, with a perfume that simply draws you in and won’t let go, almost as much fun to smell as they are to drink. Imagine our glee when we were picking our favorite barrels from this place, which we label “RGS.” Try a few bottles and you’ll be transported yourself to the scene. Your tattoo appointment won’t be too far behind.
The 2016 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has a backward, almost broody bouquet with pure redcurrant and wild strawberry fruit laced with mineral. This is very well defined but it will clearly need 3 or 4 years. The palate is defined by its sweet core of tannins. What impresses the most is the precision and vivacity of this Clos de Vougeot. Hints of blood orange suffuse dense red fruit on the finish. Excellent.