The Grivot family originally came from the Jura, but owned vines in the Hautes-Côtes since the 17th century. At the end of the eighteenth century, just before the French Revolution, Joseph Grivot sold his vineyards in the Hautes Côtes to settle in Vosne-Romanée, but it was his son Gaston who developed the domaine. In 1919 Gaston sold vines in the lesser areas to buy a large parcel of the grand cru Clos de Vougeot. You can still see the gate he built today. He was one of the first oenologists to graduate from Dijon University in the 1920s, followed by his son, Jean, a few years later. Jean acquired a parcel of grand cru land in 1984: 31 ares of Richebourg. Jean was succeeded by his son Etienne in 1987. Etienne studied viti- and viniculture in Beaune and did work experience in California and elsewhere in France. He has experimented tirelessly to make what he feels are the best wines from his various terroirs.
How fortunate for Etienne that the largest single vineyard parcel in his portfolio is Grand Cru! His block takes the form of a strip, starting by the N74 (the main road down the Côte and lower boundary of this vineyard) and extending right up to the upper slopes of the Clos, thereby taking in many of the varying micro-terroirs to be found in this huge appellation. Etienne's is always among the best examples. What a change in character one can find in Burgundy by simply walking down-slope! From the velvet majesty of Le Musigny, one arrives in the Clos Vougeot and finds something so much wilder, more solid, perhaps more masculine. This is backward, nutty and earthy, with aromas of black and red plums, sweetly ripe. The palate is backward too. This is very young wine! But it is Grand Cru, without doubt. At the age of 50, the vines have their roots deep into the soils here and can minutely express all that makes the Clos such a fascinating place to plant the hallowed Pinot. Bowes Wine original note
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