Some history (1)
As I said in the introduction, this famous vineyard was created orginally by the monks of Cîteaux. Between the 12th and 14th centuries the Cistercians purchased or recieved as donations the land, much of which needed clearing and planting, which subsequently became known as the Clos the Vougeot. By 1336 the 50 ha plot was complete and enclosed by stone walls on all sides. This is one of the reasons why they call him Clos de Veugeout. "Clos" is the french word for "enclosed".
Le Confrerie des Chevaliers du Tastevin
This is the name of the Brotherhood formed in 1934 for the promotion of Burgundy wine and other cultural pleasures of the Region. It is a posh organization with over 10,000 members (by election) world-wide. It has been successful in its goals and philanthropies. It holds elaborate festivals. The most important are in the grand room on the ground floor of the chateau (see our Introduction). During an induction, elaborate costumes are worn and at meetings all members have a tastevin dangling around their necks (see our Buying Tip). The Brotherhood has a 100 year lease of the chateau for their festivities . (The pictures here are lifted from the slide show given during the tour of the Clos). One festivity coincides with the annual wine auction at Beaune for the Hotel Dieu.
A chateau in the vineyards
"CHATEAU CLOS DE VOUGEOT"
When going from Beaune to Dijon on the national road, you will also pass the small village of Vougeot. It a typical burgundian wine village like many others but it houses a wonderful "chateau" (castle) outside standing in the "Clos de Vougeot" vineyard, which is one of the most famous locations in Burgundy.
Clos de Vougeot was originally created by the monks of Cîteaux. A small chapel and rundimentary buildings, damaged during religios wars, were rebuilt and enlarged in 1551, becoming the current Chateau Clos de Vougeot, which is a major tourist attraction now .....
I It is also the home of the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastvin, which is a wine brotherhood. They organize copious feasts and tastings, and they also rent the castle .....
I was there in 1998 and 2001. Most of the pictures are from my second visit. Only some (from inside the castle) I took in 1998. I hope you will enjoy it....