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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 Champerrier try 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?

6 responses to “marchand-grillot gevrey champerrier vignes centenaire 2005”

  1. ken bramlett


    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….


  2. ken bramlett

    Ah, very sneaky……

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


  3. nitram

    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.

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