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Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-Saint-Georges "Aux Boudots" Premier Cru 2015
- Great Domaines
all ratings out of 100 points.
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"A distinctly earthy nose of red currant and spice elements is set off by a subtle oak influence. There is superb richness to the voluptuous medium weight plus flavors that possess a highly seductive texture thanks to the abundant dry extract that imparts a sappy mouthfeel and serves to mostly buffer the very firm tannic spine on the strikingly persistent finish. If this can add depth over the next 12 to 15 years, it might even exceed my already high rating! Note that Boudots is a chameleon-like terroir that can be either Nuits or Vosne in basic character; in 2015, it's more Vosne than Nuits." - Allen Meadows, Burghound
100% Pinot Noir
30% - 60% new oak for 18 months
Vineyards & vinification:
An unfiltered single vineyard wine, grown from 80 year-old vines.
Etienne Grivot (and his wife Marielle) took over from his father in 1990, making him the 5th generation of Grivots to make wine in Vosne-Romanée. In 1994 Etienne began to find his own voice and make a range of very fine wines. Since then he has reduced yields, fine-tuned his work in the vineyards and cellar and driven quality upwards.
The grapes are 100 per cent de-stemmed and the fermentation is allowed to begin naturally, with a little punching down before this starts. Thereafter there is no more pigeage, but there is one pumping over per day before the wines go to barrel. Four cooperages are used to avoid the signature of any one particular barrel-maker.
There is an average age of 45-to 50-year-old vines across this 15ha domaine which covers 22 vineyards (18 red) with holdings in Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-Saint-Georges, and Vougeot. The rarest of the lot is his Richebourg, which in some years we have only received a single bottle to cater for the entire South African market! We were spoilt on our last visit when Etienne and Marielle opened up a 1991 and a 1997 vintage of this hard to come by wine. We didn’t taste these - they were drunk and it was ethereal.
Etienne produces a range of stunning wines which possess real depth and class. In answer to a question over the secret of his success, he confides "there's no recipe, it's very personal and as a result it's very frustrating as one is never content".
These are very personal and undeniably fine wines, with dramatically aromatic notes of red fruits, becoming denser as you progress up the range.