The 2004 Aux Reignots from Grivot is a very impressive effort for the vintage. The nose is currentlybslightly closed showing lovely cool red berry fruit supported by hints of oak and a spicy minerality .. some matured notes. on the palate lovely cool and weighty fruit … not fully resolved yet .. with a solid core of darker fruits. It’s very balanced and beautifully focused by the lovely minerality … refined and impressive. A lovely effort – need time to resolve the last core of dark and youthful fruit …
The Clos de Vougeot 2011 is a very fine effort for the vintage. The bouquet is darker than the Echezeaux with intense red berry fruit, liquorice, a fair bit of oak and a hint of chocolate. On the palate quite impressive concentration and depth. The minerality is earthy and not as vibrant and highly strung as the Echezeaux – but the weight and length of this wine is excellent. I do however miss some of the mineralic tension in the Echezeaux – nevertheless this is a lovely wine and a quite classic Clos de Vougeot.
The Echezeaux 2011 from Grivot is another succes from his plot in the climate Les Cruots. The bouquet is open and ready to rock with a lovely stony minerality, crisp red berry fruit and some lovely spicy notes. On the palate lovely juicy fruit with a intense and quite muscular mineralic framework. Impressive midpalate intensity – and a long mineral infused finish. This is a true terroir wine – and one of the best wines made from Echezeaux in 2011.
The Vosne Les Beaux Monts is one of my favorite wines from Grivot – and the 2011 version is yet again a delightful glass of Vosne. The bouquet is bursting with stony minerality, Vosne spices and red berry fruit. It’s airy and quite filigree – lovely complexity. On the palate fine red fruit – very well supported and focused by the excellent mineralic drive. The finish is long and refined with a lovely nerve and energy – love the terroir expression in this wine.
The Echezeaux 2009 from Jean Grivot is a gorgeous wine. The bouquet is crammed with minerality, red fruit – cherries, raspberries – and spiced with peony rose, allspice and liquorice. On the palate rich and harmonious red fruit – focused by the beautiful minerality from the Cruots climate – and finely balanced by the nice acidity. The fruit is very fresh and vibrant for a 2009. One of the best wines made on Echezeaux in 2009 – very impressive indeed.
The Echezeaux 2007 from Jean Grivot is a truly mineralic expression of the Echezeaux terroir. The bouquet is offering primary red berry fruit – spiced with slightly toasted oak notes and a superb minerality. On the palate fine concentration for the vintage …. quite muscular with a firm mineralic backbone from the beautiful Les Cruots terroir. The fruit is intense and weighty with a long intense mineral charged finish – with a slight vegetal note appearing after some time in the glass. Nevertheless – it’s a lovely Echezeaux – for those who love the mineralic style. Look out for the Grivot Echezeaux … it’s improving year after year.
One rarely have the chance to compare four of the very best wines from the Echezeaux vineyard. This was however the case earlier this week, where the Echezeaux 2007s from Grivot, Rouget, Liger-Belair and Domaine de la Romanee-Conti were served in one flght at a Burgundy tasting.
These four produceres are, in my view, all among the very best on the Echezeaux vineyard – and quite evenly matched in most vintages. But how close are these wines directly compared – lets find out?!
I’m not a very big fan of the 2009 vintage, but some 2009s are simply gorgeous – one is the very fine Echezeaux from Jean Grivot. The bouquet is oozing with minerality, red cherries, raspberries and liquorice. On the palate the fruit is very forward and outgoing, good acidity and very fine balance. The fruit is very fresh and vibrant for a 2009. A top end Echezeaux – what a adorable wine! Must say i’m getting increasingly impressed with the progress at Domaine Grivot.
The Jean Grivot Echezeaux 1988 was a wonderful wine. The bouquet was oozing with mature but fresh vibrant red pinot aromas – strawberry and frambroise. Fine complexity, minerality and finesse in the nose. On the palate very vibrant red fruits with a good acidity – and a medium body. This is not at big Grand Cru, but a typical good 1988, with very good balance and freshness. A pleasure.
(Drink Now) Fine – 91p
The Echezeaux 2008 from Grivot is closing down. The bouquet is a rather dark expression of pinot fruit, without the red notes and minerality one find in many 2008 reds. On the palate also rather dark, with quite good concentration and length. Maybe a bit to much extraction … but otherwise very fine. Need time before it will show the full potential.
(Drink from 2017) Fine to Very Fine – 92p
Tasted 28/09/2011 at Gustavs Bistro
Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!
I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.
The end of points
I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.
I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.
The potential is defined by the terroir
The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.
It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.
Here is the winehog.org rating system:
- Very Fine
- Very Good
- Above Average
- Below Average
The winehog rating system – converted to points
As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.
Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:
- Legendary – (99 – 100p)
- Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
- Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
- Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
- Fine – (91 – 92p)
- Very Good – (88 – 90p)
- Good – (85 – 87p)
- Above Average – (80 – 84p)
- Average – (75 – 79p)
- Below Average – (70 – 74p)
- Poor – (50 – 69p)
… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!