2019 Albert Grivault Meursault 1er Cru 'Perrières
In the Encyclopedia of Wines and Spirits of All Countries, Alexis Lichine writes: “In Meursault les Perrières is the best vineyard plot and the wine from the heart of this cru, the Clos des Perrières, is comparable or more beautiful Montrachet”. A remarkable wine that can be stored for a very long time, the Clos des Perrières is capable of excellent evolution, as demonstrated in 1999 by a vertical tasting from 1997 to 1895, published in the Bourgogne magazine Today under the title Tout Pres Everest (Close to Everest). This exceptional development was reaffirmed in 2019 at another tasting to celebrate the estate's 140th anniversary.
Albert Grivault is a domain that stays somewhat under the radar (of course not with the connoisseurs) in the press because he never sends his bottles to be judged. Those who know these wines become regular customers as the wines can compete with the very best and few are made of them. A nice anecdote about the Cuvee is that during a horizontal tasting of Meursault Perrieres in London, when the participating bottles were uncorked, a cork from Albert Grivault came out of a bottle twice. 1 from a bottle of Albert Grivault and 1 time from a bottle of Maison Leroy Perrieres…. Since then it has been an open secret that the Perrieres of Leroy is made by Grivault. Of course both deny!
The domain Albert Grivault, headed by grandson Michel Bardet, is the largest landowner in the premier cru Perrières and they own about a third of the total area in this acclaimed premier cru. This Meursault 1er Cru Perrières from Domaine Albert Grivault smells of hazelnut, minerals and white fruit. The taste is spicy, nutty with white fruit and beautiful elegant acids. The aftertaste is very intense and lasts forever.
The Albert Grivault family domain is managed by Michel Bardet (and his daughter Claire), who is the grandson of the founder Albert Grivault. The domain started in 1879. This was one year after the arrival of phyloxerra in Meursault and at the time it had properties in Meursault and Clos de Vougeot. In 2019, the Albert Grivault estate celebrated its 140th anniversary; a successful family legacy spanning four generations. After Albert Grivault, the estate was run by Albert Grivault's widow and then by his daughters Berthe Grivault and Mathilde Grivault.
Together they managed to overcome the crisis of 1929 and the two world wars. In 1980 Albert Grivault's grandchildren, Michel Bardet, Marguerite and Denise Chevignard, née Bardet, took over the estate. Marguerite Bardet continued to work on the estate until 2019. Since 2004, responsibility for the estate has passed to Claire Bardet, managing director, assisted by Henri Marc, in charge of vinification under the direction of Michel, who still participates in the aging and marketing of the wines. Albert Grivault's wines are made for minerality and have great aging potential.
|Type of Wine
|Drinking as of
|Complex, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Rich, Round, Full, White fruit
|Indruk maken, Lekker luxe, Open haard, Romantisch