rated (89-91) Wine Advocate Dec 2016 The 2015 Vosne Romanee has a perfumed nose of cranberry and raspberry preserve, hints of wilted rose petal emerging with time. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, quite firm tannin. This is a relatively masculine and structured Vosne-Romanée compared to its peers, clean and precise on the finish with a saline tang.” -Neal Martin
Last year when I visited Domaine Jean Grivot, it looked like a building site. That’s because it essentially was a building site. This year, I could enjoy the results of their labor within their brand new first-floor tasting room, furnished with chichi artwork, a large wooden table and wine fridge, all much comfier than when I used to taste down in the cellar. The piéce de résistance is the top-floor terrace with a quite awe-inspiring panorama over the village and across the vines in Romanée-Saint-Vivant and beyond, though my eye caught sight of the large stainless-steel rotisserie. Perhaps Etienne can start dishing out some freshly cooked poulet de bresse as he begins to hand over the reins to his daughter Mathilde? I am not so well acquainted with his son, but certainly in Mathilde he has an assured and competent pair of hands to pass the running of Domaine Grivot and indeed, it was quite refreshing to hear a winemaker so comfortable in telling me how happy he will be taking a more backseat role from next year. The generation has a domaine that has really leaped to the top echelon of Vosne-Romanée, wines that consistently deliver both when I have enjoyed bottles at various dinners and under blind tasting conditions. That Grivot produces some of the finest wines in the appellation is incontrovertible.