- Clos Saint-Denis is the smallest Grand Cru of Morey-Saint-Denis: 6.6 hectares (16.5 acres), barely 32,000 bottles for the whole world!
- It is located just above the much larger (and therefore more famous) Clos de la Roche, on a gentle slope whose soil is composed of red brown clayey limestone strewn with small flat pebbles reminiscent of broken china.
- This is a choice territory for the Pinot Noir grape which was planted here as early as 1203 by the first owners of this vineyard, the monks of the Abbey of Saint-Denis in Vergy (hence the name).
- Facing due East, Clos Saint-Denis has a terroir of its own. This difference is scrupulously upheld by the exacting care given to the cultivation of the vineyard.
- At Maison Joseph Drouhin, the yield is maintained at the lowest possible level through severe pruning and the avoidance of fertilizers.
- The grapes are harvested by hand and brought right away to the winery where a gentle pressing takes place.
GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Pinot Noir
FOOD PAIRINGS: A Grand Cru of this quality deserves great culinary preparations and the finest meats, game or venison are particularly recommended.
TASTING NOTES: Deep ruby red color. On the nose, aromas of ripe cherry, lightly spiced up by a touch of cigar and exotic wood. With age, the aromas take on animal or gamey notes. The best time to drink a Clos Saint-Denis is when the wine is mature (five-to-ten years of age, depending on the vintage) in order to enjoy the perfect harmony that exists between acidity, “gras” (velvety texture) and tannin. A lingering aftertaste of candied fruit is characteristic of this delicious wine.” – Véronique Drouhin-Boss