2016 Jean Grivot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru Pinot Noir

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About the Wine

Domaine Jean Grivot is among the great names in Burgundian wine. Étienne Grivot and his wife Marielle took over from Étienne’s father Jean Grivot in 1987. The vineyards are densely planted and farmed organically “sans certification” while the aim in the cellar is for balance and clear expression of terroir.

Clos de Vougeot grand cru was acquired by Étienne’s grandfather, Gaston Grivot, in 1919. The total holding is 4.6 acres from the middle of the vineyard to the lower wall, and the average vine age is 40 years old. A good Clos de Vougeot should be a complete wine without any single feature standing out. It is a perfect balance of power, aroma, and flavor.

The grapes are destemmed, and maceration à froid usually lasts just a day or two. The alcoholic fermentation is spontaneous, and malolactic fermentation occurs in barrel. Depending on the vintage, the proportion of new oak is around 40-45% percent for the grand crus.

The wine shows aromas and flavors of red berries, herbs, and purple flowers. The palate is rich with ripe fruit and medium weight with bright acidity and fine tannins. Aging in 40-70% new Burgundian pièce brings notes of vanilla, toast, and baking spices.

Reviews

A silky version, this red offers strawberry, currant and floral aromas and flavors, accented by earth and stone notes. Solid, with vibrant acidity and a lingering aftertaste of fruit and spice, backed by a chalky feel. Best from 2023 through 2042. 231 cases made, 53 cases imported ~ 95WS