The history of Domaine Rene Engel went back more than 100 years when Rene Engel founded the domaine after studying viticulture in Beaune in 1910s
World War I came, Rene along with brave men from other family in Vosne (Gros, Lamarche, Grivot), fought in the war and was lucky enough to be able to return home safely, despite held as POW
Rene was a professor of Oneology at Univ. of Dijon and upon his retirement, his son Pierre (mayor of Vosne Romanee) took over the domaine
Pierre fell ill in 1971 and the responsibility of the domaine was assumed by his son Philippe, who had proven himself with some excellent grand cru wines, the crown jewel of all being his Clos de Vougeot
Unfortunately, Philippe passed away in 2005 due to heart attack at the age of 49; the domaine now shares the same owner of Ch. Latour
This 2004 Vougeot is indeed the nicest gifts that Philippe had left us in his final year...
Burghound: 89-92 "Outstanding! Pungent wood spice and a reserved and subdued nose of black cherry, plum and notable ripe cassis notes highlight rich, full, earthy and moderately robust and muscular full-bodied flavors that culminate in solid power and excellent length. The wood here, while not subtle, is more integrated than with the Grands Ech."(Jan 2006)