The 2012 Vosne-Romanée Village includes vines from several plots around the village, including younger planted vines in Clos de Vougeot. It will be the final vintage that includes vines in "Les Communes" that will be en fermage from 2013 and my sample included the 30% new oak that will be in the final blend. Lucid ruby in color, it offers a very pure bouquet with dark berry fruit, hints of bergamot and forest floor, gentle at first but gaining in intensity in the glass. The palate is smooth on the entry with dark, deeper fruit than many of the other Vosne villages, adorned with good weight and a fleshy, pastille-like finish. Fine.
Domaine d'Eugénie was born following the acquisition of René Engel estate by François Pinault, alsoowner of Château Latour in Pauillac during the summer 2006. The estate is situated in Vosne-Romanée, in the heart of La Côte de Nuits between Nuits-Saint-Georges and Gevrey Chambertin. This village is considered to be the treasure of big wines of Burgundy. The vineyard is about 6.5 hectares and extends onto the communes of Vosne-Romanée, Vougeot et Flagey-Echezeaux. The estate is managed by Frédéric Engerer who is the President at Château Latour in Pauillac.
The vineyards of the modest village of Vosne Romanée are arguably the most sought after in the Côte d'Or. It is host to excellent Village and Premier Cru wines, but it is its most famous Grand Crusthat truly stand out: Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, Grands Echézeaux, Echézeaux, Romanée St. Vivant and La Romanée as well as Cros Parentoux, a Premier Cru vineyard which attracts Grand Cru attention (and prices). Vosne-Romanée can be remarkably robust and powerful, yet be charming and fleshy giving it one of the most diverse styles of the region.