Chateau de Clos Vougeot is the granddaddy of many, many modern roses. The reason for its inclusion in the breeding programs of so many hybridizers is its remarkable depth of color. This rose first caught my eye in its rather small pot from across a nursery. It is certainly not the screaming red of recent introductions that blends so poorly in the garden. Rather it is the depth of the velvety petals and the depth of the color itself. Some will dislike the flat, old fashioned form, accustomed as we have become to the exhibition form of the high centered hybrid tea. However, once past that, we can begin to appreciate the early hybrid teas for their own charm and beauty which is so often much closer to the true teas. It has a low and spreading habit which makes it useful for covering the bare knees of neighboring tall Hybrid Teas.
Introduced in 1908.