- Domaine Etienne Grivot (formerly Jean Grivot)
- Pinot Noir
- 2026 - 2042
- Case size
Goedhuis, December 2017
With only 50% of the crop, there will be disappointment as there really is not enough to go around. A tight, concentrated, powerfully structured wine, but with the intensity of fruit to support its tannic weight. This is a wine for the long-term.
Neal Martin, December 2017,
The 2016 Echézeaux Grand Cru was affected by the frost: 40% to 45% of the vines were lost. Etienne said that the lieu-dit of Les Créots is an incredible vineyard and managed to overcome what could have been much worse damage. It has a beautiful, sensual, very pure bouquet with Morello, crushed strawberry and hints of vanilla pod. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and gorgeous black cherry and tart redcurrant fruit. It does not possess the length or density of the 2015, although I feel it shrugged off the frost damage better than Grivot's Clos Vougeot. Drink 2020-2040
Burghound, January 2018,
A deft touch of wood frames a restrained if perfumed nose of cinnamon, rose petal, violet and cassis. The velvety, round and utterly seductive large-scaled flavors are brimming with dry extract on the mouth coating but entirely serious finish that displays sensational length. The Clos de Vougeot is potentially a very fine effort but this clearly is at another level. Again though, patience advised. Drink: 2033+
Stephen Tanzer, Janaury 2018,
Dark ruby-red. Very dark aromas of blackberry, salty minerals and violet, plus torrefaction notes of espresso and dark chocolate. Suaver and finer-grained in the mouth than the Clos Vougeot, showing lovely ripeness but a restrained sweetness to its dark berry, menthol and mineral flavors. Still a bit youthfully imploded, even medicinal, this wine finishes with serious but refined tannins and terrific mineral lift, with a peppery nuance contributing to the impression of energy.
Jancis Robinson, November 2017,
Very very old vines. One parcel on the Vosne side. Dark crimson. Rich and sweet immediately. Much simpler than DRC’s version – more chiselled and modern and straightforward. A little bit exhibitionistic. Introvert. Reminds me a little of a Méo-Camuzet wine rather than showing the suavity of Grivot’s Vosnes. Lots of intensity. A bit dry on the end. Drink 2026-2042
Domaine Etienne Grivot (formerly Jean Grivot)
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.
One of two Grand Crus within the Flagey-Echezeaux area right in the heart of the Cote de Nuits. Relatively large and consequently diverse for a Grand Cru, the better Echézeaux wines undoubtedly deserve this status. As always in Burgundy vineyard location and grower is critical.