Tasted in Meursault with Michel Bardet, 16 October 2019.
Domaine Albert Grivault
7 Place du Murger
Tel: +33 3 80 21 23 12
Michel on 2019:
“2019 volumes were a little down, maybe 20% but the fermentations have run well and have already finished this year.”
Michel on 2018:
“For us, 2018 was a harvest with a considerable volume. All was bottled by 20 August with a bentonite fining only. We had close to 14° for the Clos des Perrires. To my mind, after the very balanced 2017, the 2018s seem a little more open and offer something between the 2016s and 2017s. I think we might keep some of the 2018s as there’s not a lot of wine in the cellar. Finishing the malos was more difficult for the Perrières than the Clos des Perrières.”
A good set of whites and, as it should be, the Clos des Perrières has the starring role.
2018 Bourgogne Clos des Murgers
The vines in the domaine’s ‘garden.’
A fresh, nose, one that slowly starts to offer a little floral attractiveness. Hmm – nice width here with a suggestion of Meursault about the wine too. Long, tasty, with a delicious burst of finishing flavour – ooh that’s so good! Excellent Bourgogne!
Also in the domaine’s ‘garden’ – only the age of the vines is different – 47 year-old vines here vs 18 for the Bourgogne.
A little more open aroma, some extra freshness and ginger spice. Hmm, melting, fuller flavoured, but beautifully poised, almost tension here – bravo for that – despite a hint more oak, but also a touch of salinity. Excellent again – lovely villages.
2018 Meursault 1er Perrières
Ooh – clarity – minerality, citrus acidity – not a big nose but one of fine interest. Hmm, supple, almost layered but with a nice, freshness of wide flavour – a panorama – and really a weight but not heavy – of finishing flavor – practically licorice in the finish. Really super.
Ooh – this starts clenched, perhaps reductive but within a few seconds of swirling, whilst not quite exploding, it bursts forward with a little flower blossom and maybe almond over a modest agrume base. Hmm, this is more vibrant, deliciously complex wine – ooh – that tastes great – bravo!
2018 Pommard 1er Clos Blanc
‘Clos blanc works really well in hot years, better than Epenots as there’s more soil’ says Michel.
Plenty of colour. A touch of reduction, but very light, the fruit is very forward. Round, a little drag to the texture, but long, and pretty flavoured.
2017 Pommard 1er Clos Blanc
A ‘few days’ open.
Hmm – deep, wide, some floral accent – it’s in good shape, this is a lovely nose. Fresher, more direct than the 2018, but with a growing extra layer of flavor – absolutely delicious.
2016 Pommard 1er Clos Blanc
A slight development maybe to the aroma but also a little floral. Very open and fresh but with intensity, and complexity, again delicious and the tannin is a little less overt than in the 2017.