Robert Parker – 93
Aromas of orange rind, raspberries and cassis mingle with savory nuances of espresso roast, dark chocolate and grilled squab, introducing the 2017 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, a full-bodied, multidimensional wine with good concentration, succulent acids and rich but satiny structuring tannins that concludes with a long and nicely defined finish. This is a very promising wine from Domaine d’Eugenie that I’d expect to land at the upper end of my banded score.
Vinous – 94
The 2017 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is matured with 60% whole bunches, in around 85% new oak. This boasts the best aromatics of the domaine’s range of 2017s, a very detailed mélange of red and black fruit with subtle floral aromas. The pure palate is medium-bodied with silky-smooth tannin, fine depth, superb mineralité and a precise, complex finish. This is the standout from d’Eugénie this year, thanks to the energy already tangible from barrel.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2042
JancisRobinson.com – 19/20
Cold soils, eboulis calcaires (limestone scree) with some hard Comblanchien limestone. On the top of the slope and planted 1952 and 1954. Faces the north wind. The wine needs oak to match its power, says winemaker Michel Mallard. 19 out of 23 barrels are new. Barrel sample. Mid to deep crimson. Much sweeter and more sweetly spiced on the nose than the Grands echezeaux ” seems to show more oak. Toasty sweetness. On the palate, it has less obvious oak except in the structure, which is firm, dry and powerful. ‘I always think of a block of marble that needs more air and time’, notes Mallard. Dense, compact but all fine like paper. Opens to a lovely stony/mineral note on the nose, more mineral than any Clos de Vougeot I have tasted before. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2040