2019 Côteaux Bourguignons, Jean Grivot

Unlike some Côteaux Bourguignons which are a blend of Gamay and Pinot Noir, this is 100% Gamay, from a parcel of very old vines the Grivots inherited via the Jayers, one of whom was married to Etienne’s father. When tasting, Etienne mentioned that Henri Jayer once told him to never, ever rip out these vines. He has since kept his word, and it is now one of the wines that Etienne is most animated about in their whole cellar. 2019 is a tiny vintage though, with the volumes reduced from a usual 20 barrels to just eight. It is dark, dense, and impressively powerful, with a full and exuberant palate that fans out with black cassis concentration. Certainly not your run of the mill Gamay.

Critic score
86/100
Pricing
Bottle
En primeur
In stock
£22.48
Case, 6 Bottles
En primeur
In stock
£134.88

WINE DETAILS

  • Region & country
    France
  • Grape
    Pinot Noir
  • Maturity
    Young 2022 - 2026
  • Colour
    Red
  • Sweetness
    Dry
  • Style
    Still
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
2019 Côteaux Bourguignons, Jean Grivot

TASTING NOTES

The 2019 Côteaux Bourguignons is pure Gamay with one-third in new barrel. Production was eight instead of 21 barrels. It offers pure aromas of blueberry and iodine, a little tight at first but opening with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, good acidity and a citric finish. Give it a year once bottled.

Neal Martin, vinous.com (December 2020)
(85—87)/100
Domaine Jean Grivot

Patriarch Jean Grivot passed on the domaine to his son, Etienne, in 1987, who is now passing the torch on to his daughter Mathilde. With densely planted old vines, tended organically, yields are low and complexity high. As the grapes pass through Etienne and Mathilde’s cellar, her lightness of touch builds on the trend of this superb address towards purity and refinement, without losing any of the tell-tale structure. At this benchmark Burgundy domaine, Grivot’s wines remain impressive.

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