The Grivot family's parcel of Clos de Vougeot covers a pretty substantial 1.86ha and runs from the bottom of the Grand Cru up to the Château de la Tour on mixed soils. Matured in 30% new wood, it's a fine, elegant, textured rendition of the terroir with impressive zip and palate length, silky tannins and a hint of ageworthy noble reduction. Drinking Window 2026 - 2036.
The 2018 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru showed just a little reduction on the nose, but that blows away with modest swirling to reveal blackberries, raspberry coulis, touches of melted tar and rose petals. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip. It displays a fine crescendo in the mouth, until it reaches the effervescent finish. A tang of blood orange and brown spice lingers on the aftertaste.
A spectacularly complex and beautifully layered nose offers up an array of plum, spice, game, earth and soft oak nuances. The supple yet punchy and powerful broad-shouldered flavors possess excellent density while delivering first-rate persistence on the remarkably persistent finish that really firms up as it sits on the palate. Impressive and less austere at this early stage than usual.
The wine shows aromas and flavors of red berries, herbs, and purple flowers. The palate is rich with ripe fruit and medium weight with bright acidity and fine tannins. Aging in 40-70% new Burgundian pièce brings notes of vanilla, toast, and baking spices. The wine’s high acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, and low tannins make it very food-friendly.