Etienne Grivot succeeded his father, Jean, in 1987, and today presides over 15 hectares of vines spread accross Nuits, Vosne, Vougeot and Echézeaux. This is one of the modern-day, benchmark Burgundian domaines. The estate’s densely-planted old vines (the average age is 40 years old) produce naturally-low yields and, together with Etienne’s organic approach to viticulture and sensitive winemaking, result in vivid, pure, very well-balanced Burgundies. The wines are much more softly extracted than when Etienne first started, the winemaking is incredibly flexible, depending on the vintage, but usually only 5% of stalks are retained, and rarely more than a third of the barrels are new. A reference point for Burgundy of finesse.
Richebourg is one of the great Grands Crus in the Vosne-Romanée commune, behind only to La Romanée, Romanée-Conti and La Tâche in reputation. Its 8 ha are shared between a handful of growers including Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Leroy, Grivot, various branches of the Gros family and Domaine Méo-Camuzet. As the name suggests, this is one of the most voluptuous, rich and powerful wines of Burgundy, a sort of Vosne-Romanée on steroids, and has the ability to age for decades.