Beaux Monts is one of Etienne’s favourite 1er Cru vineyards sitting above Grand Cru Echezeaux. This is full of smoky dark fruits and there is a tannic intensity which supports the depth of flavours. The subtle freshness at the end gives a fantastic drive to produce a very complex wine.
The perfumed, cool and airy nose is attractively elegant with its mix of red and dark currant, sandalwood, violet and lilac scents. The polished and equally cool middle weight flavors possess a wonderfully refined mouth feel thanks to the fine grain of the tannins along with ample minerality on the mildly austere, balanced and strikingly persistent finale. This is a classic Beaux Monts with an ultra-sophisticated mouth feel though note that this will need a few years of cellar time to fully harmonize. Outstanding. Drink 2026+
The perfumed, cool and airy nose is slightly more elegant with its mix of red and dark currant, sandalwood, violet and lilac scents. The polished and equally cool middle weight flavors possess a wonderfully refined mouth feel thanks to the fine grain of the tannins along with more evident minerality on the mildly austere, balanced and strikingly persistent finale. This is a classic Beaux Monts with an ultra-sophisticated mouth feel. Sweet spot 91-94. Drink 2026+
The 2014 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots has a gorgeous, graphite-tinged, linear but focused bouquet with orange zest infusing the black cherry and wild strawberry fruit. The palate has a beguiling symmetry to it: very precise with supple tannin, orange sorbet infusing the black cherry and maraschino fruit with a tender, shimmering fresh finish. Wonderful Reignots. Drink 2019-2035
Ripe and quite seductive aroma. Straight and energetic. It has quite a lot of tannins. They are very firm and at this moment in time and this rather defines the palate. A straight and vigorous palate. Quite tannic bite at the moment.
One of the most famous names in Vosne Romanée, Domaine Grivot dates back to the nineteenth century. Over the years and marriages, the domaine grew to include vineyards in notable appellations such as Clos de Vougeot, Echézeaux and Richebourg. Etienne, the fifth generation of the family to run the estate, returned to Burgundy from work experience in California in the 1980s. He eventually took over from his father completely in 1990. Over time and through experience, Etienne has created his own style of wine, which many tasters consider to be growing in elegance. The wines remain powerful and rich, true vins de garde, which usually need several years of cellaring to soften and develop. Those patient enough to wait know that the wines of Etienne Grivot are exceptional. In 2012 his children Mathilde and Hubert joined him at the family domaine, and the three share a united vision. It is a harmonious and collaborative family team. They eschew the trend for analysing every drop of juice, and pay much more attention to the vegetative cycle of their vines. The year’s weather conditions will dictate how the team handles the grapes in the cellar far more than the complex chemical analyses which comes back from the lab.
The vineyards of the modest village of Vosne Romanée are arguably the most sought after in the Côte d'Or. It is host to excellent Village and Premier Cru wines, but it is its most famous Grand Crusthat truly stand out: Romanée-Conti, La Tâche, Richebourg, Grands Echézeaux, Echézeaux, Romanée St. Vivant and La Romanée as well as Cros Parentoux, a Premier Cru vineyard which attracts Grand Cru attention (and prices). Vosne-Romanée can be remarkably robust and powerful, yet be charming and fleshy giving it one of the most diverse styles of the region.