Bonnes Mares, Grand Cru, 2017

  Robert Groffier

Dense rich and voluptuous, similar to the Chambolle Sentier but less explosive and expressive. Serious, surly and needs a little coaxing out of its thick shell, but within lies velvet-smooth, earthy dark hedgerow berry fruit. Full, enriching and autumnal. Sumptuous and multi-layered. From 80 year-old vines aged in 25% new oak. All whole bunch fermented.

Contains Sulphites.

About Robert Groffier

We are excited and priviledged to be offering the Domaine Robert Groffier wines for the first time. Young Nicolas Groffier, grandson of Robert, has at his disposal some of the Côte’s finest holdings, including a large swathe of Amoureuses. Nicolas joined his father Serge in 2006 and over the last decade has been fine-tuning the style of the wines whilst remaining loyally faithful to tradition and family know-how. Whole bunch fermentations have gradually increased and new oak percentages decreased. Rarely using more between 15% to 25% for his Crus except the Clos de Bèze, which is a small cuvée and is aged in new barrels only. Employing whole bunch fermentation can be tricky to get right, in lesser examples wines can show evident rusticity, but such is Nicolas’ rigour, precison and know-how that his wines show nothing but purity and vibrancy. Ageing is rarely more than 12 months in oak with finishing and natural clarification in tank, a process designed to avoid fining and filtration but minimise oak impact. 2016 was a successful vintage for Groffier, both in terms of quantity and quality. Picking started on the 27th when berries and bunches were both fully ripe. As for the healthy-sized crop, Nicolas puts this down to his late-pruning and old Cordon de Royat-trained vines, meaning that budding was later, missing the 26th April frost by a week. Nicolas himself considers 2016 a very classic balanced vintage “that reminds me of 2013, with a touch of the generosity of 2014.” A brilliant array of intense, refined, energy-filled

Appellation: Bonnes Mares

A fabulous Grand Cru vineyard of 15 hectares situated predominantly in the commune of Chambolle-Musigny, with a tiny 1.5 ha overlapping into Morey-St-Denis. The wines are typically sturdy, mineral and muscular - Burgundies of great stature that are built to last. The anomaly would be wines that come from the Morey St Denis side bordering Clos de Tart, here they are powerful but considerably more floral, fruity and elegant than other Bonnes Mares, Bruno Clair's is an exquisite example. Ownership accross the whole vineyard area is spread over more than 30 proprietors, the largest being Domaine Comte de Vogüé. There are many fine producers of Bonnes Mares up and down the Côte de Nuits, the most notable based in Chambolle-Musigny itself are Mugnier, Roumier and Groffier.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.