jean grivot 1996 clos de vougeot

Update 28.8.2008(29.8.2008)billn

jean grivot clos de vougeot

I admit that I rather fell out with the wines from this domaine following the release of the 1997 and 1998 vintages, wines with hair-raising tannins and little redeeming features to balance – or at least to stake a case for patience – but the 1995’s and 1996’s I always loved. A handy half-bottle provides the opportunity for a status report – given the performance I’m sure my Richebourgs will not be touched before their 20th anniversary…
1996 Jean Grivot, Clos de Vougeottry to find this wine...
Still medium-plus colour, now it’s quite ruby-red though still a slightly cherry-red reflection remains. The nose is super-deep, chocolate-coated undergrowth with just a hint of more volatile elements. Lithe – actually quite muscular – with fading velvet tannin and real extra dimension in the mid-palate. This has a super, chocolate framed, finish that’s borne on great acidity. Powerful, concentrated but balanced; even in half-bottle format this is halfway between an intellectual challenge and pure pleasure, so in well-stored, larger, formats I would suggest waiting at least another 5 years.
Rebuy – Yes

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There are 2 responses to “jean grivot 1996 clos de vougeot”

  1. Kent3rd September 2008 at 1:46 amPermalinkReply

    Bill,
    This is encouraging – I’ve tried 3 or 4 of these from halves over the last 4 years and had given up hope of the wine delivering any pleasure – the bots that i’ve tried have been so hard. I’ve a couple left, so will take another peek.
    The 97 from half is similar, but a little more generous.
    Cheers,
    kent

  2. bill nanson3rd September 2008 at 7:07 amPermalinkReply

    Hi Kent,
    I would say it’s maybe ‘on the turn’ but still a way from drinking
    Cheers

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