Only keep wines you love
with our Society's Promise
Free delivery on
12 bottles or orders over £75
Over 1300 wines
handpicked by our buyers
Already intensely aromatic and with an ample, broad-shouldered palate, this is a big, rich and highly successful Clos de Vougeot, now showing signs of delicious development.
Product Code: BU41371
View all products by 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 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.
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.
The exceptional 2005 vintage was always going to be a tough act to follow, but 2006 made a decent fist of doing so. Though 2006 might not be a great vintage it is clearly a good one. A mixed bag of weather through the summer was something rollercoaster ride for growers. A warm sunny June provided excellent conditions for flowering and segued into a very hot, dry July and one or two damaging hail storms. August was a big disappointment as overcast, wet and cool weather set in. As a result the vines were some way behind schedule in terms of ripening but matters were vastly improved by a superb pattern of September weather. The warm and relatively dry conditions of September allowed the grapes to catch up with their ripening and this they did so successfully that some growers requested a derogation allowing them to pick earlier than Ban de Vendage date of the 18th, the official start of the vintage. In fact the weather created one or two problems for the chardonnay crop, with browning of the grapes and the presence of botrytis rot in some vineyards. A warm south wind was a boon as it evaporated some of the water in the grapes and concentrated the sugars and acidity, which meant a good balance of ripeness and freshness. Any rot around was removed at the sorting tables at the cellars.Overall the wines have completeness and harmony, with intense aromatics, ripe fruit and tannins, and freshness. Once again, the Burgundy hierarchy shows very well in the wines.Whites were good to very good, ripe, full of flavour and freshness. Most were clearly for short to medium-term drinking and but for the very best crus should now be enjoyed. The reds are more consistent than the whites with excellent concentration and ripeness of fruit, particularly in the Côte de Nuits.
There are no member reviews for this product. Click the 'Leave a Review' button to be the first.
There are no press reviews for this product.
Log in to view notes
Sign up for a carefully-curated selection of recipes, guides, in-depth expertise and much more.
By using The Wine Society website, you agree to cookies being used in accordance with the policy outlined below. If you do not agree to this, you must alter your browser settings to turn off cookies or block those types which are unacceptable to you or cease using the website.
You may alter your browser settings to turn off cookies or block those types which are unacceptable to you, but this will cause difficulties when accessing and using some areas of the site. Instructions on how to do this can also be found below.
4.4.1. What are 'Cookies'?
4.4.2. How do Cookies help The Wine Society?
Cookies allow our website to function effectively. Cookies also help us to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly. We can learn what information is important to our visitors, and what isn't.
The Wine Society does not accept advertising from third parties and therefore, as a rule, does not serve third-party cookies. Exceptions to this include performance/analytical cookies (see below), used anonymously to improve the way our website works, the provision of personalised recommendations, and occasions when we may team up with suppliers to offer special discounts on goods or services.
The Society uses technology to track the patterns of behaviour of visitors to our site.
4.4.4. What type of cookies does The Wine Society use?
We use the following three types of cookies:
18.104.22.168. Strictly Necessary CookiesThese cookies are required for the operation of our website, enabling you to move around the website and use its features, such as accessing secure areas of the website. Without these cookies, services like shopping baskets or e-billing cannot be provided. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:
22.214.171.124. Functionality & Targeting/Tracking CookiesThese cookies are used to recognise you when you return to our website and to provide enhanced features. This allows us to personalise our content for you. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:
126.96.36.199. Performance/analytical cookiesThese cookies collect information about how visitors use a website, for instance which pages visitors go to most often, and if they get error messages from web pages. These cookies don't collect information which identifies a visitor. All information these cookies collect is aggregated and therefore anonymous. It is only used to improve how a website works. Under this heading, we currently use the following cookies:
188.8.131.52. Authentication CookieIn order for us to ensure that your data remains secure it is necessary for us to verify that your session is authentic (i.e. it has not been compromised by a malicious user). We do this by storing an otherwise meaningless unique ID in a cookie for the duration of your visit. No personal information can be gained from this cookie.
4.4.5. How do you turn cookies off?
All modern browsers allow you to modify your cookie settings so that all cookies, or those types which are not acceptable to you, are blocked. However, please note that this may affect the successful functioning of the site, particularly if you block all cookies, including essential cookies. For example, In Internet Explorer, go to the Tools Menu, then go to Internet Options, then go to Privacy. Here you can change the rules your browser uses to accept cookies. You can find out more in the public sources mentioned below.
4.4.6. Learn more about cookies