Always one of Etienne and Mathilde Grivot's stand-out Premier Cru reds, this is not the most immediate of their cuvées at a young age, often displaying some grip and tannic backbone as well as a hint of meaty reduction, but the fruit concentration and depth is remarkable here, supported by chalky minerality and scented 30% new wood. Wonderfully patrician and well-structured.
94pts Wine Spectator
Violet and blackberry aromas and flavors are effusive, graced by accents of cinnamon and black pepper, in this plush red. There is a nice beam of acidity keeping it focused and the aftertaste lingers.
Whiffs of herbal tea and sandalwood sit atop the cool, pure and airy aromas of mostly red berry fruit that are trimmed in lovely spice nuances. The racy, intense and beautifully well-detailed flavors exude a lovely and bracing minerality, all wrapped in a less powerful but finer and classier finale. Lovely juice.
The 2018 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts 1er Cru, a particular favorite of Etienne Grivot, was one of the crus that showed some reduction on the nose, rendering it difficult to read at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins, quite focused and precise, with red and black fruit tinged with brown spices and a tang of orange peel toward the finish. It is missing just a little weight at the moment but it should spread its wings once in bottle.
Vosne-Romanee Les Beau Monts Premier Cru is one of the largest of the Vosne-Romanée premier crus. This vineyard lies upslope and adjacent to Échezeaux and is separated from Richebourg only by the smaller Les Brûlées. Its distinct personality comes from its more southerly exposure and its marl and clay soils. 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 30-60% new Burgundian piece brings notes of vanilla, toast, and baking spices.Red Burgundy might be the world’s most flexible food wine. The wine’s high acidity, medium body, medium alcohol, and low tannins make it very food-friendly. Red Burgundy, with its earthy and sometimes gamey character, is a classic partner to roasted game birds, grilled duck breast, and dishes that feature mushrooms, black truffles, or are rich in umami.