Domaine Jean Grivot

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France – Burgundy, Vosne-Romanée

Etienne Grivot

Without doubt one of the undisputed stars of Burgundy, Etienne Grivot has quietly gone about his business over the past couple of decades, slowly but steadily nuancing his wines gently and gradually so that today, he is universally admired for being in the very top echelon of Burgundian producers.

Returned to a very ‘natural’ approach in the vineyards, using organic treatments only, grass-cover, horse and plough (currently around 30% of the whole estate and increasing, including Richebourg, Echezeaux and the Premiers Crus), harder pruning, more rigorous canopy management and a far more rigorous crop-thinning and bunch selection process;

Changed the fermentation regime to extract the tannins, colour and flavour without rough or aggressive action; instigated a procedure whereby separate vintages are stored in separate parts of the cavernous cellar so temperature increases due to the new wines being encouraged to undergo malo-lactic fermentation are not affecting the previous vintage’s wines;

Chosen to rack or move the wines less often so they can mature without agitation. “You must have the courage to do nothing (referring to elevage). Sometimes it’s tempting to tell your cellarhands to go and rack because there is nothing else to do. Better to send them home!”

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru ‘Les Beaux Monts’ 2015
“The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts has a tightly-wound bouquet that needed some coaxing from the glass, eventually unfurling with enticing aromas of small red cherries, raspberry, crushed violets and a subtle slate-like scent. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, wonderful structure, an imperious Les Beaux Monts that stretches its wings towards the finish and delivers a quite compelling, vibrant, energetic finish with enormous depth. This is probably the best from this vineyard in 2015.” – 95-97 Points Neal Martin, RobertParker.com

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru ‘Les Suchots’ 2015
“The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots has an exquisite bouquet, extremely pure with scents of redcurrant, blueberry, violets, cola and wet limestone. Like the 2015 Les Beaux Monts, there is wondrous focus and precision here. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. This is full of energy and tension, with a killer line of acidity and wonderful structure and precision towards the mineral-rich finish. It will require several years in bottle, but it has the substance and complexity to repay patience.” – 95-97 Points Neal Martin, RobertParker.com

Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru 2015
“The 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has a detailed, precise bouquet, very pure with ripe dark cherries, kirsch, orange sorbet and subtle graphite aromas. It is one of the classiest that you will come across from this ancient vineyard this year. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin that feel a little fuller and suppler than the premier cru Vosne-Romanées. Grippy in the mouth with an effervescent finish, this is a long-term Clos de Vougeot that will age effortlessly over 20-30 years.” – 95-97 Points Neal Martin, RobertParker.com

Échezeaux Grand Cru 2015
“Mid crimson. Really very opulent, but with structure too. Combines all attributes evident in their other wines. Very neat and beautifully balanced. Youthful but not aggressive. Firm and fine with quite grainy tannins at this point. Convincing.” – 18/20 Points Jancis Robinson, JancisRobinson.com

Richebourg Grand Cru 2015
“… a very intense bouquet, like many Richebourgs a little standoffish at first, though it soon opens up with powerful aromas of black cherries, anise, orange zest and wet stones. You still come away with the impression that you are only witnessing the tip of the aromatic iceberg. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin, vibrant red and black fruit with hints of mandarin and balsamic. It crescendos with multilayered, mineral-rich black fruit with a healthy pinch of white pepper and an otherworldly prolonged aftertaste. Stunning.” – 97-99 Points Neal Martin, RobertParker.com

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