Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Domaine Jean GRIVOT (Vosne-Romanée) -- 2016 Tasted from Cask Samples Part I: Regional, village, and Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Wines

Harvesting began here on 27 September. As always, the grapes were entirely destemmed. Malolactic fermentations finished between spring and late August — not especially late for Grivot in my 30 years’ experience tasting in this cellar.

For the most part, the frost did not affect the Vosne-Romanée holdings, but the Suchots and Brulées are down about half from a normal vintage. Clos Vougeot is down about 30%, Nuits-Pruliers about 80%, and Nuits-Roncières 35%. No Chambolle-Musigny "Combe d'Orveaux" was produced. In a good year, the estate produces 240 barrels of wine; in 2016 it produced 187.

All wines had not been racked. If everything continues all right, they will not be racked until just before Christmas. (Continue reading here.)