Domaine d’Eugénie Vosne Romanée 2010
Domaine d’Eugénie (formerly Domaine Engel) is now owned by Chateau Latour, which took over the vines in 2006. The team at the domaine have been experimenting with approaches since 2007, including the levels of de-stemming, oak use, the length of cold macerations.
The purchase was quite controversial in Burgundy and apparently many had hoped the domaine would fail. Early reports of wines being darker in colour than before the purchase were used as ammunition against the domain. But I think time has favoured the Domaine and the quality here is quite high.
The domaine’s holdings are in Vosne, including a premier cru and two grand crus, as well as a plot in Clos de Vougeot. The farming is being converted to biodynamics.
This 2010 is quite atypical for the vintage in my view – lighter and less structured than you might expect and drinking well now. It is more aromatic and pretty than I expect for Vosne and the tannins softer than expected. But the wine is quite balanced and expressive and a highly pleasurable medium-bodied wine.
Very Good+ to Excellent
$95 + tax at Marquis Wine Cellars