Domaine Jean Grivot Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, Cote de Nuits, France 2016
Bright, dark red-ruby. Pure but muted aromas of medicinal black cherry and licorice. In a distinctly virile style and hard to taste today following the sensational range of Vosne premier crus, as this youthfully imploded wine shows more pronounced herb, menthol and earth elements and little early sweetness. A forceful if less sophisticated wine but its tannins are still rather smooth (Grivot described it as "un grand garçon maladroit"). This will never make a showy tasting wine but it should work well with serious cold-weather fare. Made almost entirely from Grivot's lowest Clos Vougeot wines near the Route Nationale, as his vines a bit higher up were more affected by the frost.
93 Pts Stephen Tanzer