Domaine Grivot is one of the top end producers on Richebourg in my view only surpassed by DRC and Domaine Leroy – and quite evenly matched or even better than Domaine Meo-Camuzet and Domaine Anne Gros.
While the Grivot family has been in Vosne-Romanee since the late 18th cenury … the ownership of Richebourg is however quite new, as the plot was acquired in 1984.
I’m quite impressed by the improvements in quality at Domaine Grivot since 2007, the wines are now more focused, offering a greater purity and transparency. Definitely a producer to follow closely these days – great wines are made at Domaine Grivot.
A good start could be to take a closer look at the top wine – so lets go to Les Richebourg.
Richebourg one vineyard two sections
Richebourg includes two climats – Les Richebourg 5.05 ha (the original part) and Les Verroilles ou Richebourg 2.98 ha – in total 8.03 ha. – see maps below.
The current ownership of Richebourg
Richebourg is divided between 11 owners, with Domaine de la Romanee-Conti as the main and principal owner of both Les Richebourg and Les Verroilles.
- Domaine de la Romanee Conti – 3.51 ha
- Domaine Leroy – 0.78 ha
- Gros Frere et Soeur – 0.69 ha
- A.F. Gros – 0.60 ha
- Anne Gros – 0.60 ha
- Thibault Liger-Belair – 0.55 ha
- Meo-Camuzet – 0.35 ha
- Jean Grivot – 0.32 ha
- Mongeard Mugneret – 0.31 ha
- Hudelot-Noellat – 0.28 ha
- Frantin – 0.07 ha
On the map below I have attached ownership to the different parts on Richebourg.
The Grivot plot in Les Richebourg
As it can be seen on the map above the Grivot plot is located in the Les Richebourg section just below Les Petits Monts. Grivot acquired the plot in 1984 from Charles Vienot – and the first vintage was 1984.
Taking a closer look at the Grivot holding – cadastre no 247 – the plot is 0.3199 ha and is located just south of the Mongeard-Mugneret plot (cadastre 248) and just below the Mongeard-Mugneret plot on Vosne-Romanee Les Petits Monts (cadastre 228). To the south we find the Thibault Liger-Belair holdings of Richebourg – see the detailed map below (cadastre 172 and 170).
The Charles Vienot deal
In 1984 the Charles Vienot negociant business was sold. The brand and negociant business was sold to Maison Jean Claude Boisset and some of the vineyards were sold off – including the Vienot plot on Les Richebourg.
The Vienot plot on Richebourg was originally 0.6311 ha, but was split between Domaine Jean Grivot and Domaine Mongeard-Mugneret when it was sold in 1984.
Mongeard-Mugneret got the northern part of the plot, and Grivot got the southern part, thus dividing the plot almost equally between the two estates.
Historic ownership of the Charles Vienot plot
The Charles Vienot estate was one of the very well known and important estates/negociants in Burgundian history. The estate was founded in 1735, and owned several prominent vineyard including Richebourg. The estate was originally located in Premeaux in the buildings of the current Domaine l’Arlot estate. The children of Francois Vienot sold the estate buildings to Jules Belin, another negociant businees already in 1891 along with some of the vineyards.
The Charles Vienot plot of Richebourg dates back to before 1920 as Rodier3 (1920) mention Vienot as one of the owners of Richebourg.
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