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 Champerrier
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?
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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….
@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…
Ah, very sneaky……
How about M. Ponsot’s Clos St.Denis??
@ken bramlett – well spotted Ken – it’s just a shame that I have only one of those 🙁
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)
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.
Thanks for the list Nitram – good research – here’s one to add to that:
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…