marchand-grillot gevrey champerrier vignes centenaire 2005


This villages wine costs the same as the producer’s premier crus – why? – the words ‘vignes centenaire’ give the game away…
2005 Marchand-Grillot, Gevrey-Chambertin Champerriertry to find this wine...
Medium, medium-plus colour. A somehow silky nose the starts with chocolate then higher-toned herbal aromatics over a tight red-fruit core. Good fat in the mouth and fine texture, the acidity works very well but there’s just a little spritz (which stayed for the whole 3 hours it was open) which gave the faint tannins a little extra texture. Persistent flavour – this really is a superb villages wine, less complex but currently more enveloping than the producer’s premier crus. Expensive but super.
Rebuy – Yes

Anyone care to suggest a list of wines made from 100 year-old (plus!) vines for a grand tasting in 2025?

Agree? Disagree? Anything you'd like to add?

There are 4 responses to “marchand-grillot gevrey champerrier vignes centenaire 2005”

  1. ken bramlett24th September 2008 at 7:24 pmPermalinkReply


    Great idea for a grand tasting in 2025.

    I’d put Raphet Clos de Beze on the list — I think a number of his vines are in their 90’s now, so by 2025….


    • bill nanson24th September 2008 at 8:09 pmPermalinkReply

      @ken bramlett – Hi Ken, didn’t I make the rule explicit? The vines have to be 100 years old already by the time their bottled 😉 2025 sounds just about right for the 2005 vintage though…

  2. ken bramlett26th September 2008 at 7:05 pmPermalinkReply

    Ah, very sneaky……

    How about M. Ponsot’s Clos St.Denis??


  3. nitram29th March 2018 at 12:16 pmPermalinkReply

    This is an old post that I have just encountered. Some contenders (depending on the vintage) include:

    Roty, Charmes Chambertin TVV (1881 vines)
    Guyot, Gevrey-Chambertin “Champeaux” (1901 vines)
    Vougeraie, Charmes Chambertin Mazoyeres (1902 vines)
    Anne Gros, Vosne-Romanee Barreaux (1902 vines)
    Boisset, Chorey-Les-Beaune Beaumonts (1902 vines)
    Anne Gros, Clos de Vougeot (1905 vines)

    For a white:
    Poitout Petit Chablis Franc de Pied Inextinct (pre-phylloxera)
    Jean Chartron Puligny-Montrachet “Clos du Caillerets” (1916 or earlier)

    Some Beaujolais:
    Perrachon, Les Vignes Centenaires (1910 or earlier)
    Janin, Moulin a Vent les Greniers VV (1914 vines)

    Some sources cite different dates, but the above have been verified as much as possible.

    • billn29th March 2018 at 12:22 pmPermalinkReply

      Thanks for the list Nitram – good research – here’s one to add to that:

      Domaine Fournillon
      89360 Bernouil

      Bourgogne Chardonnay Cuvée de l’Empereur – 170 year-old vines on their own roots! Clay and sand here seems to confer phylloxera resistance
      I haven’t seen them, but I’ve tasted the 2014 of this – I don’t know how much of the original vines remain / how much repicage there has been.

      In Beaujolais there are the 130 year-old vines of Thibault Liger-Belair in Moulin à Vent too…

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