2019 Château de la Tour Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1539892 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark By contrast to the regular cuvee where aggressive swirling quickly dissipated the reduction, here that didn't help enough to reveal the underlying fruit. On the palate though there is noticeably better size, weight and concentration to the bigger-bodied flavors that possess a highly seductive mid-palate texture thanks to the abundant dry extract that buffers the markedly firm tannic spine shaping the serious, austere and borderline chewy finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This is impressive though I underscore that my rating is of course contingent on the nose eventually cleaning up with age. Inner quote mark (1/2022)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This super-cuvée is made using only the first bunch after the graft on vines at least 100 years of age and is not made every year. The 2019 is spectacular. Slightly reserved at present, the tightly packed black and red fruit opens on the palate, accented with notes of violets, mineral, earth and wild herbs. This is powerful and rich, with firm tannins, lots of body, and the ability to age almost indefinitely. (CC) Inner quote mark (10/2020)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2019 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes is very promising, unwinding in the glass with notes of dark berry fruit, orange peel, rose petals, rich soil tones and spices. Full-bodied, layered and multidimensional, it's deep and concentrated, with rich, powdery tannins, lively acids and a long, resonant finish. This was a fascinating tasting with father François Labet and son Edouard, who are together pushing Domaine Pierre Labet and the Château de la Tour to new qualitative heights. Organic and now biodynamic farming in the vineyards, vinification with—in red—appreciable percentages of whole clusters in the winery and long élevage in the cellars are the order of the day. Perfumed, seamless and concentrated, the 2019s are immensely promising, and in a richer, more overtly muscular register, the 2018s (which I took the opportunity during my visit to re-taste in bottle) have turned out very well, too. I'll be hoping to spend more time at this address later in 2021 and plan to report back in more detail. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2021)

93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2019 Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru comes from vines planted in 1927, 1970 and 1990. The wine shows more red fruit than the regular cuvée, with sous-bois and scents of black truffle. Just a hint of red cherries emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with very pliant tannins. Plush, generous and fleshy the Vieilles Vignes has a very pure and silky finish. (NM) Inner quote mark (10/2021)

K&L Notes

93-96 points, Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "Rich black purple, the wood is more reticent, the fruit more in the lead, black cherry and fresh raspberry, with firmer tannins. A little bit dissociated at the moment. Fairly complete at the back though. For once there is not a clear step up from the Cuvée Classique, at least as tasted today. Even so the quality of the vintage is evident." (10/2020)

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