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.
“”I love the 2015 Clos Vougeot from Domaine Michelot, as this wine has layers of beautiful black fruit coupled to a simply stunning signature of soil. The nose soars from the glass in a blaze of black cherries, black plums, cocoa, pigeon, woodsmoke, incipient notes of black truffle, vanillin oak and a kaleidoscope of soil nuances. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and utterly seamless, with again, stunning sappiness at the core, great length and complexity, suave, ripe tannins and outstanding focus on the very pure and classy finish. 2025- 2080. 95+.” John Gilman