This is as good as it gets in Clos Vougeot, once revered as the single greatest cru in Burgundy alongside la Romanee Conti. The Michelots started renting this parcel from the Haegelen Jayer family after Alfred retired in 2010. It is up against the southwest wall of the Clos in the Petit Maupertui portion of the Clos, just below Grands Echezeaux. It makes tiny tiny berries with awesome natural concentration, something that I got to experience when I harvested there in 2011 with Thibault Liger Belair. Elodie has generously offered me a weeee smidge of each vintage, with only 75-100 cases made in each vintage (i.e. 3-4 barrels), so GO FOR IT…..fwiw there are over 80 proprietors in the Clos Vougeot, so to say that the Michelot example is of the finest 4 or 5 is REALLY SAYING SOMETHING.
“The Michelot family’s outstanding new addition of Clos Vougeot was still bubbling away in malo at the time of my visit, but I have little doubt that this will not end up being one of the reference point examples from the vineyard. The wine seems very pure and red fruity this year, with notes of cherries, pomegranate, blood orange jumping from the glass to go along with fine minerality, floral tones and smokiness. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very transparent, with fine-grained tannins and a long, focused finish. This will be stellar juice. 2023-2065+. 93-95+.”