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Domaine Jean Grivot, Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Les Pruliers 2011

Red Wine from France - Burgundy
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Lightish colour and orange rim, this has pared down over time. The tannins have sweetened and released their grip, allowing the earthy aromas of leaf mould to intensify and the palate to turn silky. Beautifully mature and accessible red Burgundy. This wine is a Museum Release: thanks to our member-owned co-operative model, our buyers are able to buy wines to mature in the perfect conditions of our temperature-controlled cellars and release them when they are ready to enjoy.
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Code: BU52811

Wine characteristics

  • Red Wine
  • Medium-bodied
  • Pinot Noir
  • 75cl
  • Now to 2025
  • 13% Alcohol
  • oak used but not v. noticeable
  • Cork, natural

Côte de Nuits

Taking its name from the town at its heart, Nuits-St-Georges, the Côte de Nuits is the northern half of the Côte d’Or, the escarpment upon which lie the greatest of Burgundy’s vineyards. Though there are a number of very fine white wines made it is the reds for which the Côte de Nuits is truly famous. Compared with the red wines of the Côte de Beaune the reds from Nuits have more sophisticated tannins, extra body and a more sumptuous texture than their southern counterparts.

The soils of the area are predominantly limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The finest have a happy conjunction of silt and scree over marl with protected and sunny aspects in some of the side-valleys that cut into the escarpment from west to east. These cuts provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as the various aspects. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile...
Taking its name from the town at its heart, Nuits-St-Georges, the Côte de Nuits is the northern half of the Côte d’Or, the escarpment upon which lie the greatest of Burgundy’s vineyards. Though there are a number of very fine white wines made it is the reds for which the Côte de Nuits is truly famous. Compared with the red wines of the Côte de Beaune the reds from Nuits have more sophisticated tannins, extra body and a more sumptuous texture than their southern counterparts.

The soils of the area are predominantly limestone of various types, which is excellent for drainage but also retention of water. The finest have a happy conjunction of silt and scree over marl with protected and sunny aspects in some of the side-valleys that cut into the escarpment from west to east. These cuts provide a number of meso- and microclimates as well as the various aspects. The best sites are neither at the top or the bottom of these slopes where the soils are too impoverished or too fertile respectively. More generic wines are produced at the top and bottom of these slopes, with the Premiers Crus and Grand Crus in a band running along the upper middle.

The climate here is semi-continental, though northerly winds can temper a hot summer while warmer winds from the south can bring warmth. Westerly winds that ultimately originate in the Atlantic can bring rain but at its worst may deliver devastating hail in incredibly localised storms. There is a degree of unpredictability about vintages in Burgundy that mean more variation than in any other fine wine region.

The appellations that sit above the generic regional ACs in the hierarchy are Marsannay, Fixin, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée, Echézaux and Nuits-St-George. Côte de Nuits –Villages is made from grapes grown at either end of the Côte, where the soils and sites are less impressive. Gevrey-Chambertin is a complete and balanced wine, full and harmonious. Wines from Nuits-St-Georges are the most tannic and, like Pommards, need long maturation. For many Vosne-Romanée is the summit. Its wines have beautiful velvety palates: dense and soft, sensuous and tactile. Chambolle-Musigny is the lightest yet one of the most fragrant wines of the Côte de Nuits. It is perhaps Nuits's equivalent of Volnay; a pretty, fine boned wine with exquisite perfume and a silky palate.
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Domaine Jean Grivot

Domaine Jean Grivot has long been established as one of Vosne-Romanée's best producers, and they have been bottling their own wines since before the war. The domaine is today run by Jean Grivot's son Etienne with his wife Marienne, daughter Mathilde and son Hubert. Etienne took over from his father in 1990 and is the fifth generation of his family to run the domaine.

Since Etienne took charge, and began to apply his assiduous attention to detail in the vineyards and winery, the domaine has changed to a more concentrated style from lower yields than in the past. For Etienne improvements can always be made in all areas and his diligence has seen the reputation of the domaine return to an upward curve.

Vines have been densely planted to increase competition which results in less fruit and deeper roots. He thins the canopy very specifically depending on the aspect of the slopes but avoiding the southern side, and green harvests to increase fruit quality at picking.

The harvest is done by hand and the bunches are generally 95% destemmed save for some experimentation or if vintage conditions demand otherwise, and natural yeasts are responsible for the fermentation process during which Etienne does not like to punch down the cap when the fermentation begins, as many other winemakers do, instead pumping over once everything is well underway. All the wines go into barrels from several different sources to avoid the predominance of flavour from any single source. At bottling the wines ...
Domaine Jean Grivot has long been established as one of Vosne-Romanée's best producers, and they have been bottling their own wines since before the war. The domaine is today run by Jean Grivot's son Etienne with his wife Marienne, daughter Mathilde and son Hubert. Etienne took over from his father in 1990 and is the fifth generation of his family to run the domaine.

Since Etienne took charge, and began to apply his assiduous attention to detail in the vineyards and winery, the domaine has changed to a more concentrated style from lower yields than in the past. For Etienne improvements can always be made in all areas and his diligence has seen the reputation of the domaine return to an upward curve.

Vines have been densely planted to increase competition which results in less fruit and deeper roots. He thins the canopy very specifically depending on the aspect of the slopes but avoiding the southern side, and green harvests to increase fruit quality at picking.

The harvest is done by hand and the bunches are generally 95% destemmed save for some experimentation or if vintage conditions demand otherwise, and natural yeasts are responsible for the fermentation process during which Etienne does not like to punch down the cap when the fermentation begins, as many other winemakers do, instead pumping over once everything is well underway. All the wines go into barrels from several different sources to avoid the predominance of flavour from any single source. At bottling the wines are only filtered if necessary but are not fined..

The domaine's 15 hectares include parcels in Vosne-Romanée, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Clos de Vougeot, Echézeaux and Richebourg.

This is certainly a winery that is not resting on its laurels.
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Burgundy Vintage 2011

The 2011 vintage produced an array of attractive, ripe yet fresh, white and red wines in a classic style, by which we mean that at harvest the grapes were picked with ripe tannins and flavours but at low to moderate levels of potential alcohol. As a consequence, the wines are aromatic and fine boned. Pinot noir and chardonnay have evolved to perform well in cool conditions, and, like many fruits, they succeed when grown at the northern limit of their ripening ability, like a vibrant Tay raspberry or a crunchy and aromatic English Cox’s Orange Pippin apple. This vintage allowed pinot and chardonnay to succeed in just such a way.

Yields were moderate, and berry sizes small. Qualitatively the wines are a step up from the 2007 and 2009 whites, and the 2007 reds. Stylistically, the vintage is in the same mould as 2010, but lighter. The wines are succulent and approachable, and delicious from quite early on, but have the structure for mid-term keeping.

The reds are ripe yet fresh, with...
The 2011 vintage produced an array of attractive, ripe yet fresh, white and red wines in a classic style, by which we mean that at harvest the grapes were picked with ripe tannins and flavours but at low to moderate levels of potential alcohol. As a consequence, the wines are aromatic and fine boned. Pinot noir and chardonnay have evolved to perform well in cool conditions, and, like many fruits, they succeed when grown at the northern limit of their ripening ability, like a vibrant Tay raspberry or a crunchy and aromatic English Cox’s Orange Pippin apple. This vintage allowed pinot and chardonnay to succeed in just such a way.

Yields were moderate, and berry sizes small. Qualitatively the wines are a step up from the 2007 and 2009 whites, and the 2007 reds. Stylistically, the vintage is in the same mould as 2010, but lighter. The wines are succulent and approachable, and delicious from quite early on, but have the structure for mid-term keeping.

The reds are ripe yet fresh, with appealing, juicy pinot fruit with sweet tannins. They will give great pleasure. As ever, low yield were necessary for success. When Pernand and Aloxe’s wines have ripe tannins you know the red wines achieved full phenolic maturity. It is worth trading up with the négociants as quality rises faster than prices as one moves up.

The whites are fresh, balanced and delicious, spanning the apple to white peach spectrum of aromas. After an initial lovely burst of fruit there is a good mid-palate and fresh finish. The Måconnais have performed particularly well in this vintage.
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