Albert Grivault – 2020

Update 24.12.2021(23.12.2021)billn

Michel & Claire Bardet 2021 Domaine Albert GrivaultTasted in Meursault with Michel & Claire Bardet, 15 November 2021.

Domaine Albert Grivault
7 Place du Murger
21190 Meursault
Tel: +33 3 80 21 23 12
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In 2021 the domaine here had a novel approach to trying to protect their Clos des Perrières – two large radiators/air-conditioning units. Aided by walls on 4 sides they could keep hold of some of the warmth so saved nearly 60% of their crop in clos in an area where most lost at least 80% – though for the domaine as a whole, they still lost 80%…

Michel on 2020:
Actually, it was a good harvest – in white – and all was completed in 8 days. We think the wines will be balanced and floral based on what we tasted from the must. Our 2020s fermented very quickly, much easier than the 2019s! I think it’s hard to find a more balanced vintage; it has the acidity of 2017 and the power of 2019. And luckily we had a good harvest, because 2021 was only 22% of the normal volume.

The wines…

The reds weren’t ready to taste but this is clearly a successful white vintage chez family Bardet. I’d be keeping these in the cellar for a while before attacking…

The wines were all bottled in July/August:

2020 Bourgogne Clos des Murgers
The vines in the domaine’s ‘garden.’
Fresh and floral. Here is a large-scaled wine, slowly melting in mineral, slightly structural style – this is a big but balanced wine that I’d give a little patience – maybe a couple of years.

2020 Meursault
Also in the domaine’s ‘garden’ – only the age of the vines is different – 49-year-old vines here vs 20 for the Bourgogne.
That’s a fine width of fresh, slightly spiced aroma – super. Like the last in shape but with a slightly more melting style and a little less rigour – but tons of concentration! This is another wine to keep – it’s really lovely and very persistent.

2020 Meursault 1er Perrières
More width of aroma, this with the extra padding of more visible oak. Really a fine structure – another level of melting flavour. Very complex but also very oaky today – I would keep this 5 years but you will be rewarded.…

2020 Meursault 1er Clos des Perrières
This nose is the more airy and less obviously oaky of these two Perrières – it’s a fine aromatic invitation and quite floral too. Super clarity of mouth-filling flavour – it’s a line of vibrant flavour – actually the wine that I might drink the earliest – but it will make great old bones – simply excellent – still wait 3 or 4 years I think.

And why not…(?):

2019 Meursault 1er Clos des Perrières
That’s in good shape – it’s been open a couple of days but it’s a very floral nose. Big in the mouth, the structure vs the 2020 is more packaged and plump the oak showing more than that wine but less than the straight 2020 Perrières. The finish is really showing well – so persistent and floral – that’s a great finish. I prefer the shape of the 20 and would wait another 3-4 years.

2019 Meursault 1er Perrières
This is also showing rather floral but not so oaky. Hmm – that’s a fine and relaxed – really quite delicious.

2019 Meursault
More airy and spiced. Similar to the 20 in scale and minerality.Fine texture – that’s a really excellent wine.

2018 Meursault
Here’s another that grows and grows its floral aspect. Super energy here – this is excellent over the palate and really vibrant. Melting with great, slightly warmer spiced flavour.

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