Etienne Grivot and his wife Marielle (Patrick Bize's sister) took over from his father in 1990, making him the fifth generation of Grivots to make wine in Vosne-Romanée. In the 1930s it was one of the first domaines to bottle and sell the wines themselves. The Grivots go back a long way in Burgundy. Indeed two previous generations of Grivots have married girls of the same surname. Jean Grivot, whose name continues to appear on the labels, took over from his father in 1955 and handed on to his son Etienne in the early 1980s. Etienne, married to Marielle Bize from Savigny, has been through a number of incarnations as winemaker here. When he took over, his father’s style was for gentle, graceful wines which perhaps were a little weak in the lesser vintages. In 1994, a difficult year but a breakthrough vintage at the domaine, Etienne began to find his own voice and made a range of very fine wines given how poor the weather was. Since then he has not looked back and a drive to reduce yields and fine-tune his work in the vineyards and cellar since the mid-2000s continues to drive quality upwards.
The Combe d’Orveau is a unique site that runs from a narrow, high elevation section that is village level (the source of this wine), a larger section lower down that is premier Cru and a tiny piece classified as grand Cru and which neighbours one of Burgundy’s greatest vineyards – Les Petits Musigny. Grivot’s parcel is very cool, rocky and elegant, and forms the border with Vosne-Romanée to the south.
'The 2019 has trademark notes of undergrowth that slide under its satiny layers of black and redcurrant fruit and just a touch of spice. Gorgeous from release, this wine shuts down until about six or seven years old and would be best in 2022 and again from 2025.' Justin Knock MW