Domaine Sylvain Loichet, Clos de Vougeot, Burgundy, France
Domaine Sylvain Loichet is located in the heart of Burgundy in Chorey-les-Beaune. Since the takeover in 2005, many changes were made, while the vineyard is now in organic farming to meet the land, the ecosystem, and of course the health of the consumer. From the beginning, the hope was to reveal the Burgundian vineyards and have a large range of wines for a pleasant change. They use the best grapes possible, in order to limit the work of wine making and to get the pure reflection of appellations.
The famous Clos de Vougeot has grown for over 900 years. The vines are 70 years old at the southern end of Vosne-Romanée side, halfway up the Clos, that lay on deep stony- clay soils. After being hand-picked, the grapes are put into tanks in conical wooden vats. They then perform a cold maceration for one week and then trigger the fermentation naturally. The racking after 3 weeks of maceration is decided by tastings and whether the wine is ready for the next step. After pressing, the wines are sung in oak barrels for about 24 months. The new oak barrels are used for half of the wine, the remaining being between 1 to 4 barrels of wine. After raising the wines, they are then bottled by gravity without fining or filtration.
This wine has a strong color, with hints of dark colors. The nose gushes a good concentration of aromas of red berries with toasted notes. On the palate, the wine is velvety, persistent, and balanced. This wine combines the power of a grand cru in silky tannins. It takes time to reveal itself. It's preservation is 15 to 20 years (under the right conditions of temperature and humidity).