A Grivot 2009 spotlight
Today’s spotlight falls on a delicious 2009 Burgundy from Etienne Grivot. Pruliers is a great Nuits vineyard that too often flies under the radar. Its mix of measured punch and minerality make for thrilling Pinot Noir that can happily rub shoulders with the Cote de Nuits’ best 1er Crus in blind tastings. Grivot’s 2009 is an exemplary effort, harnessing the vitality of the terroir and offsetting it against the hedonism of the 2009 vintage, a complex and beautifully-pitched Nuits is the result. This is a Benchmark Domaine and vintage that gets critical acclaim and at a full 33% cheaper than the 2012, makes for a complete steal.
Our tasting note
Pruliers is often a classic style Nuits; it has punch and weight to it but always shows some class. This offers sweet ripe fruit flavours wrapped in a muscular but perfectly integrated tannic structure, pouring out with hedgerow, sloe and damson fruit but also betraying a very distinct mineral dimension that gives the finish a real spark. A Nuits of great stature and pedigree.
Allen Meadows: 90-93
Tasting note: An expressive and notably ripe nose features a panoply of aromas that include blue and black pinot fruit, violets, warm earth plus game and spice hints that complement the equally complex, robust and quite firm medium weight plus flavors that possess good power yet avoid any underlying sense of rusticity on the long, serious and palate coating finish.
Antonio Galloni 93/100
The 2009 Nuits St. Georges Les Pruliers offers up explosive red fruit and high-toned aromatics in a taut, linear style. There is plenty to admire in the wine's vitality and energy. Floral notes wrap into crushed rocks on the multi-dimensional finish.