Cote de Nuits Tasting - Dujac -v- Grivot

Mercer Hotel, Dublin
Tasted Monday, October 18, 2010 by Eating is Cheating with 334 views

Flight 1 (11 Notes)

  • 2002 Domaine Jean Grivot Bourgogne

    France, Burgundy, Bourgogne

    A lightish garnet, brick-orange at the rim. Mature nose of red fruits (dry), truffles and nutmeg. Somewhat light on the palate; very dry; bordering perhaps on lean. Tannins fully integrated. Slightly sharp finish. Lacks length. Not bad for basic Bourgogne.

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  • 2005 Dujac Fils et Père Chambolle-Musigny

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Chambolle-Musigny

    A négociant wine - cost about €40, apparently. Much younger appearance than the preceding 2002 Grivot Bourgogne: a darkish ruby with a glossy sheen; no noticeable fade at the rim. Quite a feminine, floral nose; yet powerful. Palate is a bit disjointed at present - some unresolved tannin; some unintegrated oak. Lovely depth of red fruit though, plus some vanilla from the oak. Good length. Very good potential here. Needs another 5 years.

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  • 2002 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée

    About €35 (when released). Slightly maturing mid-ruby colour; pinking slightly (but not excessively) at the edge. Much greater weight of backward dark fruit than the Bourgogne of the same vintage; some of it still primary. Good precision on the palate - a lovely combination of (or tension between?) fruit and acidity. Tails off slightly on the end, with some drying tannin. Very good; and much better value than the first Grivot wine tonight.

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  • 1993 Domaine Dujac Morey St. Denis

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Morey St. Denis

    The first domaine wine from Dujac this evening. A mature tawny/garnet colour; some fine sediment (an unfined and unfiltered wine). Lovely nose of forest floor and some dried fruit. Floral notes also, which become more pronounced after 30 minutes. A stylish, vegetal/mineral palate. Exceptional balance and length - a lovely seam of acidity keeps everything fresh. This is mature and drinking well now. No rush to drink up either. Fine.

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  • 2001 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru

    (The first Premier Cru, tonight, and also the first of a mini-vertical of this wine. Apparently this comes from vines which are 50 years old plus. Expect to pay perhaps €70-80.) A good colour, still quite youthful and glossy. Unusual nose: red fruits but slightly confected. Powerful nonetheless - in fact quite masculine and monolithic. Powerful and concentrated on the palate, much more masculine than the preceding Morey (even ignoring the vintage variation factor). This is very good plus, and probably still on the up.

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  • 2000 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru

    A more mature hue this time, and looking slightly light (as distinct from oily/viscous) in texture. Looks more than one year older than its 2001 predecessor. Quite an open, fruity nose, even slightly sweet: this is in a lighter style than the 2001 and is more approachable now but lacks the concentration. Quite savoury on the palate (in contrast to the sweet nose!) - lower acidity than the 2001 but again this makes it easier to drink at this point. Good, and fully ready.

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  • 1998 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru

    (1998 had a reputation as a tannic, backward vintage. This wine would appear to support that generalisation.) A deeper colour and glossier hue than the 2000. Deep, tannic nose, with somewhat closed nuances of beef fat, bovril and other savoury notes. Similar theme on the palate: dark and dry and (for a Pinot Noir) extremely tannic. But not turbocharged or atypical. Good length, with a touch of drying tannin on the finish to make the mouth water. Really very good indeed: my favourite Suchots yet tonight.

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  • 1995 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru

    The colour of this wine does not betray its age: it is hardly lighter than the 2001. A good ruby hue with no fade at the rim. The nose is slightly closed down, but when worked gives up some secondary red fruit aromas. The palate is still quite tannic, giving an extremely youthful sensation. Possibly this is the sappy old vines exerting their influence. Oak notes resolved. Long. In my view, very good indeed (plus). However, opinion is divided on this wine: some doubt whether it will improve but others feel it needs another 10 years to show its best.

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  • 2002 Domaine Jean Grivot Clos Vougeot

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

    (The Grivot holding is a mixed site at the lower end of the slope, near the road. Expect to pay €100 for a bottle.) A youthful, dark colour. Dark, brooding fruit on the nose; closed; not giving much away. Some good deep cherry fruit and mineral notes (dark) eventually emerge. Intense flavour and great complexity on the palate, although still only peeking out from behind a tightly wound, powerful structure. Great balance. Excellent power on the finish - a surge of minerality gives it an excellent, moreish note. Super. Needs 5-10 years.

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  • 2001 Domaine Dujac Charmes-Chambertin

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

    (This wine is produced in tiny quantities - only about 250 cases per vintage.) A youthful, quite intense colour. A more forward nose than any of the last 5 wines. Pure dark fruit notes. Allegedly aged in 80% new oak, but the nose does not betray this. Quite a soft and approachable style on the palate, yet still concentrated and well-laden with fruit. Quite opulent by Burgundy standards (although I wouldn't say this amounts to a lack of typicity, of which Dujac is sometimes accused). Lovely.

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  • 2003 Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche

    France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

    13.5% acohol here - of course 2003 was a torrid year. A young vibrant red colour. Intense nose, still very young, quite estery/spirity but the fruit is there to match. Very concentrated, even supercharged. The alcohol is sticking out a bit at the moment. This is not really drinking now (at least to my palate). Quite hot on the finish. I find it hard to say where this will go.

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