A super-fresh, well-balanced and pure village from Vosne-Romanée

Etienne Grivot heads the estate since 1987 and lately his daughter and son has joined him and they are obviously focused on elegance and devoted to transparently convey the expression of the soil. The wines are made with precision and offers elegance and purity. Since the 1920’s they own several parcels in a vast numbers of crus in Burgundy, e.g. Clos Vougeot, Richebourg and Echezeaux. In addition, a collection of interesting premier crus in the area that is really impressive too. They use no weed-killers and work the soil organically with low controlled yields. After de-stemming, selection and gentle pressing, the grape juice for the village blend undergoes cold soak for six days, extraction (maceration) prolongs for 17 days and is raised in 25% new barriques, lightly toasted with racking max twice.

2011 is a short-cycled and unstable vintage with one month earlier flowering than usual and one that is more approachable than a classic one. It is rich in colour with impressive balance, soft tannins and rich, complex aromatics, but in general, we think, it lacks concentration and backbone. Etienne and his team started harvest on 31th of August to secure fresh acidity. Like 2007 this is a very unusually early harvest, but clearly a much better one. In Etienne’s own words, this vintage “combines the precision of the 2005 and with the sophistication of 2010”.

2011 Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée Village

The colour is beautifully scarlet, translucent red middle with light-orange transparent edges.
After more than two hours of decanting eventually very delicate, complex and vibrantly burnt chalky minerals, distinct exotic herbs, fragrant peon roses and stylish, seductive inner perfume emerges from the glass. A lovely and quite complex nose for a village wine!
The palate offers fresh, pure red fruit, anise, herbs, clove, delicious grape juice and spices. Impressive super-fresh acidity that wraps balsamic oils and ripe, but rather weak tannins with a velvety texture. Typically, slim body with one-directional precision type of wine from the site. However, concentration is low and it certainly lacks backbone and grip. Etienne de-stems as hard as he can, but some ripe stems might have done the trick here.

Altogether a very fresh, well balanced and very pure wine with an impressive and complex nose but as expected from a village wine, the taste lacks complexity, depth and moreover in this case it is low on concentration as well as lacking some grip, but still it is a great effort and a wine to enjoy for its genuine expression that we certainly recommend. Open 2015.

89-90p/100

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