The family of Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé

Burgundy has many illustrious names: from Romanée-Conti to Mugnier and Raveneau. However, none of these names have been associated with the region longer than Comte Georges de Vogüé. In the 500 years that the aristocratic family has had its home in Chambolle and the surrounding area, it has built up a reputation as a top estate and an active player on the Burgundian scene. The family built their first country houses as early as 1450 and contributed to the construction of the first church in Chambolle.

The wines made by the family for the last 570 years have found them fame beyond Burgundy, especially their Pinot Noirs which are much sought after. The domaine owns approximately 12.5 hectares of vineyard around Chambolle including an impressive selection of Grand Cru vineyards with 2.6 hectares in Bonnes Mares and the largest holding in Musigny, 7.2 hectares. Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé is the largest wine producer in Musigny.

After all the years, the passion for winemaking is still as great as you would expect from a start-up. Winemaker Francois Millet, who has been in charge of the production process since 1986, likes to make the comparison with a family when asked about the character of his wines.  

“Musigny is the boss, the patriarch, explains winemaker François Millet. Les Amoureuses is the wife, she's the first lady of the village. You have the Chambolle-Musigny premier cru, which is the future boss; not ready today, too young. The village level Chambolle-Musigny is the child of the family. Bonnes Mares is different; it's not the same blood. It's an old uncle, by marriage, from Sweden.”

​You can get to know the entire family in Sylvies upcoming auction including the 'old uncle from Sweden', Comte de Georges Vogüé Bonnes Mares features in lots 1393-1413, one of the highlights being the 2016 vintage in its original wooden case (lots 1402 & 1403).

“The 2016 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru was 70% affected by the frost, though François explained that the north side was spared the damage. It offers slightly darker fruit on the nose compared to the Les Amoureuses: blackcurrant, tobacco, sage and in the background a touch of flint and violet petal. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannin, though not quite as supple as the Les Amoureuses. I admire the symmetry here: a detailed and linear Bonnes Mares with impressive mineralité on the finish that lingers 45 to 60 seconds after the wine has departed.” – (94-96 points. Neal Martin, Wine Advocate)

The smooth Les Amoureuses from 2016 is also included in this auction in lot 1389. It is part of a larger series of lots 1385 to 1392. It may surprise you to know that the production of wines at Comte Georges de Vogüé is now organic- although not certified. It is the horse that plows the soil, not a machine.

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