The 2002 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is a wine that I used to drink regularly when released and before prices soared. It is a wonderful wine. This bottle has a gorgeous, quintessentially "Engel" bouquet with dark berry fruit, wilted rose petals and perhaps just a little more brine than I have observed upon previous bottles. The palate is medium-bodied with fine, slightly firm tannin, notes of sour red cherries and crushed strawberry that dovetail into darker fruit towards the symmetrical finish. Maybe not quite the best bottle that I have encountered but this is still a great Clos Vougeot. Tasted at Lorne restaurant in London.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2035
Robert Parker 95
Tasted at the Domaine Engel tasting in London, the 2002 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is still a fabulous wine, consummate 2002 red Burgundy. It has a fragrant and floral bouquet with wilted rose petals and just a hint of peony, all with tip-top focus and almost disarming precision. This is a case of less is more. The palate is medium-bodied and very complex with notes of sour cherry, cranberry and underlying minerals. Like before, there is a wondrous sense of symmetry that makes this Clos de Vougeot effortless, while the finish lingers and never wants to leave. Nor do you want it to. Tasted October 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2016-2032