We are thrilled to be working with Domaine Albert Grivault and are very pleased to offer our first ex-domaine parcel from this historical estate with the most enviable holdings in Meursault.
The Domaine is the largest holder of Meursault Perrieres and at the heart of the Les Perrières-Dessous is the 0.94 vineyard of Clos des Perrières, a monopole located in the middle of Meursault Perrières, which has been in the family’s hands since Albert Grivault bought the Clos in 1879 from the Marquess de la Roche, who had passed away without leaving an heir.
It was a time that many vineyards had been devasted by phylloxera and after his purchase of Clos de Perrieres, at his mother’s behest, Albert Grivault expanded the family vineyards to over 15ha, including parcels of Perrières outside the Clos. In 1904, Albert Grivault gifted his Meursault Charmes parcel to the Hospices de Beaune, where even today the wine is still auctioned as Cuvée Albert Grivault. The depression of the 1930s seriously affected the Grivaults and the vineyards ended up on metayage, a cropsharing agreement typical in Burgundy. In the early 1980s, as the share-cropping agreements ended, Albert’s grandson Michel Bardet started working the land again with his two sisters.
Today the estate is only 6ha, including the 0.94ha monopole of Clos des Perrieres as well as a parcel of Meursault Perrières outside of the Clos. Michel Bardet still runs the winery together with his daughter Claire and son Henri-Marc. He shares his father’s visionary mindset and is working hard to see Clos des Perrières elevated to Grand Cru. Michel’s approach to viticulture is lutte raisonnée and the wines are traditionally vinified with up to 20% new oak for the 1er Crus. Even by Burgundian standards, Domaine Albert Grivault is steeped in history. Michel Bardet today does not quite engage with the En Primeur system hence we did not include the wines in the 2019 offer. Today there are 4 wines made by the estate.
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