red burgundy

Burgundy (Red)

Pinot Noir, grown on the gentle slopes of the Côte d'Or, produces arguably the greatest red wines of the world. It is here more than in any other region that the skill of the traditional merchant is tested - the grand châteaux of Bordeaux with all their size and fame give way to a plethora of small, mainly family owned, domaines where vineyard, cellar and office work is all undertaken by members of the family, with perhaps a handful of employees at certain times of year. Of course there are big firms too - the famous négociants of Beaune and Nuit St Georges (Bouchard Père et Fils and Faiveley for example) - but here too, the greatest wines come from their own vineyards.

Because of the Napoleonic inheritance laws, the pattern of vineyard ownership is constantly changing as land passes from generation to generation, and many domaines, though only a few hectares in size, may make as many as 15 or 20 different wines, often in miniscule quantities of a barrel or two. The system of labelling can also appear confusing as the wine takes its name from its appellation rather than (as in Bordeaux) from the producer. So although in the small print, the most important piece of information on a bottle of Burgundy is the name of the producer. In part for this reason, and in part because the wine is made from a single grape variety with therefore no possibility of adjusting blends where the strength of one variety can compensate for the weakness of another, the potential for disappointment is greater than is the case in Bordeaux.

When everything falls into place however, a truly great red Burgundy is a wonderful thing.




Domaine Robert Groffier

One of the greatest domaines of the Côte de Nuits, the Groffiers (Robert, retired but still undertaking some of the vineyard work, his son Serge and grandson Nicolas) are producing some of the most sought-after wines of Burgundy.  Although only about 7 hectares, the domaine boasts the largest holding of Chambolle’s greatest 1er Cru vineyard, Les Amoureuses, as well as a number of other very fine appellations. At the lower end of the appellation scale, the village (Gevrey) and regional (Bourgognes) wines are of absolutely outstanding quality.  It is unusual for being in the village of Morey St Denis, but of owning no vines of the village.  The Groffiers' wines are consistently outstanding, and rightly highly prized.

 
Groffier's Amoureuses vineyards

Red

 
 
DRINK DATE
UNITS/CASE
IN-BOND
INCL. VAT 
2013 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2017-2023
 6 Bottles
£567.50
£696.00
 
2014 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2016-2021
 6 Bottles
£92.50
£126.00
"The 2014 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain, which is one-third Gamay, has a quite exuberant bouquet with blueberry and boysenberry jam aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a pleasant, slightly grainy texture developing on the finish. This is a mouthful of fun, no more and no less. 85-87" Neal Martin in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #222 
2014 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2018-2024
 6 Bottles
£567.50
£696.00
"The 2014 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru les Sentiers, from 80-year-old vines includes 80% whole bunch fruit and 50% new oak, would be my pick of the Premier Crus. Nevertheless, it has a more introverted bouquet: blackberry, mulberry and cassis scents, the whole bunch lending freshness and underlying sous-bois aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with svelte and supple tannin, nicely focused and showing the pedigree of this somewhat underestimated vineyard towards the very harmonious, lightly spiced, blood-orange infused finish. This comes recommended. 91-93" Neal Martin in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #222 
2016 Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2019-2023
 6 Bottles
£179.50
£231.00
 
2017 Bourgogne Passetoutgrain, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2019-2024
 6 Bottles
£105.00
£142.20
 
2017 Bourgogne Rouge, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2020-2024
 6 Bottles
£177.00
£228.60
 
2017 Gevrey Chambertin Seuvrées, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2020-2026
 6 Bottles
£357.00
£444.60
 
2017 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Hauts Doix, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2021-2027
 6 Bottles
£765.00
£934.20
 
2017 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2021-2027
 6 Bottles
£810.00
£988.20
 
2017 Bonnes Mares Grand Cru, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2021-2029
 6 Bottles
£1,650.00
£1,996.20
 
2017 Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses, Domaine Robert Groffier x 6
 2021-2029
 6 Bottles
£1,650.00
£1,996.20
 

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