For seven centuries, the Cistercian monks were the sole owners of Vougeot. After the French Revolution, the clos remained in state ownership until 1818, and was subdivided in 1889 where François Labet’s great-grandfather, Mr. Beaudet of Beaune was one of six buyers, and went on to build Chateau de la Tour in 1890. When François inherited the 15 acre family clos in the early 1980s, he made his first vintage in 1984, and has been making wine from these coveted Burgundian rows ever since. François has kept the vines away from outside management and chemical influence by maintaining an intimate, natural, and regenerative viticulture process as a way to honor the unique land with its exceptional soils, and his ancestors, who farmed in the same way. Today, Clos de Vougeot has more than 80 owners, with Labet as the single largest landholder with 15 acres. With the exception of the famous Château du Clos de Vougeot, Château de la Tour is the only château on the entire clos.
The Vieilles Vignes come from a small one-hectare parcel planted in 1910 in the middle of the clos. They have survived two world wars, a fluctuating economy, rapid climate change and transformative agronomy. The wine expresses its perseverance and strength in its structure, persistent finish and ability to endure. A vin de garde for the serious and patient collector.