The cellar for this estate is located in Vougeot and managed by Christian and his wife, Isabelle. The vineyards comprise 6 hectares located in Morey-St.-Denis, ChambolleMusigny, Vosne-Romanée, and Vougeot. Christian and Isabelle believe that great wine is made from the best grapes, so they focus their attention on cultivating top quality fruit in the vineyard. There is no use of herbicides, insecticides, or chemical treatments or fertilizers; their goal is to practice responsible viticulture. The grapes are meticulously scrutinized in the vineyard when picked and on the sorting table with only the best fruit kept.
Pigeages and pump-overs are kept at a minimum to allow the terroir to express itself in the wines. For maturation, the process is slow with aging in barrel between eighteen to twenty months and a maximum of 50% new oak used for the Échézeaux Grand Cru and Vougeot 1er Cru ‘Les Petits Vougeots’. The goal with the winemaking is to let the vineyard speak through in the wine.
What a great collection of 2018s Christian Clerget has made. The Morey-St-Denis ‘Les Crais’ shows nice minerality and freshness and a little grip; the Chambolle-Musigny from 12 parcels covering 7 lieux-dits beautifully represents the village style, with lovely perfume, elegance and sweetness of fruit; the Vosne-Romanée ‘Les Violettes’ has a lovely crushed forest berries nose and a rounder more melting feel on the palate, with a hint of cream (so delicious!); Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru ‘Les Charmes’ shows a ripe, vibrant nose, fresh with good intensity of fruit on the palate and fine chalky tannins; Vougeot 1er Cru ‘Les Petits Vougeots’ is mineral, bright, focused and elegant in style; and the Échézeaux Grand Cru, all from the lieu-dit ‘En Orveau’ is a mineral-styled expression of the appellation, supple, finely-structured and long on the palate. A great collection all the way through.