Griotte-Chambertin has a special place in my Burgundy heart – as it was one of the first Grand Crus I acquired when I began to collect Burgundies around 1990.
I adore a good Griotte as it often seems to offer both drinkability and delicate complexity not often found in a Gevrey – aside form the magnificent Ruchottes-Chambertin.
Griotte Chambertin is a small vineyard – but there is nevertheless eight “regular” producers of Griotte, and furthermore there are some negociant bottlings once in a while.
So lets take a closer look at Griottes-Chambertin.
Griotte-Chambertin the vineyard
Griotte-Chambertin is the smallest of the Gevrey Grand Crus – with a total area of 2.73 ha. It’s located just below Chambertin Clos de Bezé and just south of Champelle-Chambertin – see map below.
Griotte-Chambertin was rated 1ere cuvée by Lavalle1 in 1855 – with only Le Chambertin and Clos de Bezé rated as Tête de Cuvée. Strangely Griotte was not rated in 1861 in the classification made by Comité d’Agriculture2 and is not mentioned in the classification tables. Rodier4 rated Griotte as Deuxiémes cuvée alongside Ruchottes, Latriciere, Mazis and Charmes- but below Clos de Bezé and Le Chambertin.
The current ownership of Griotte-Chambertin
There are one dominant owner on Griotte-Chambertin – Domaine des Chezeaux – who owns 1.57 ha of the 2.73 ha vineyard – equivalent to almost 60%.
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