Vosne-Romanee Clos d’Eugenie the unknown La Tache neighbour

One of the new vineyard names in Burgundy is Vosne-Romanee Clos d’Eugenie – a small village monopole clos located just below La Tache and squeezed in between La Tache and Le Clos Goillotte.

The vineyard has an interesting history … and was for many years known as Clos Frantin. We have to go back to the French revolution to find the beginning of the Frantin era in Burgundy wines.

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Photo: Clos d’Eugenie seen from rue de la Tache.

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Domaine d’Eugenie, Vosne Romanee 2010

The Vosne Romanee village 2010 from d’Eugenie is a lovely and quite refined wine. Made from the vineyards Les Communes and Les Vigneux. In the bouquet sweet red fruit with notes of strawberries and raspberries spiced with hints of rose petals and violets. The impression of oak is quite refined offering a hint of vanilla to the bouquet. On the palate very elegant juicy red fruit – harmonious with a good energy and nerve. The fine minerality and acidity is offering good focus and length. A very elegant and airy village wine – I really enjoyed this bottle.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Very Good 89p – Tasted 07/11/2012

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Domaine d’Eugenie, Vosne Romanee 2008

Domaine d’Eugenie is one of the rising stars in Burgundy … or if you like a new regime at the old wellknown domaine – Rene Engel. The Vosne Romanee 2008 is very open with sweet red and dark fruit in the bouquet … dark cherries and some notes of raspberry and gooseberries. The nose is quite refined with some nice Vosne spices. On the palate good, quite firm fruit, with a nice acidity structure from the 08 vintage. Well balanced but slightly closed on the palate – with the oak quite present in the finish. The style is gradually improving but is still slightly impersonal in my view. Perhaps not the most complex of village wine – but still a very good effort.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2020) Very Good – 89p

Tasted 19/03/2012

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WineHog rating system – articulated Robert Parker!!

Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!

I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.

The end of points

I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.

I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.

The potential is defined by the terroir

The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.

It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.

Here is the winehog.org rating system:

  • Legendary
  • Extraordinary
  • Outstanding
  • Very Fine
  • Fine
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Above Average
  • Average
  • Below Average
  • Poor

The winehog rating system – converted to points

As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.

Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:

  • Legendary – (99 – 100p)
  • Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
  • Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
  • Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
  • Fine – (91 – 92p)
  • Very Good – (88 – 90p)
  • Good – (85 – 87p)
  • Above Average – (80 – 84p)
  • Average – (75 – 79p)
  • Below Average – (70 – 74p)
  • Poor – (50 – 69p)

… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!