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Domaine Robert Groffier


The Domaine Robert Groffier is located on the edge of Morey-Saint-Denis in the direction of Chambolle-Musigny. It does not own wines from Morey (although, strictly speaking, its Bonnes Mares grounds are situated in Moray with plots right next to the Clos des Tart). But it produces some of the finest wines from Chambolle-Musigny and a Village and Grand Cru from Gevrey-Chambertin. On our visit the 1999 reds had been filled into steel tanks after a period of twelve months in barrels, to create space for the 2000 vintage in the barrel cellars.


Barrel samples:

Bourgogne Passetoutgrain 1999
Very dark, good tannin, fruity. Still some yeast.

Bourgogne 1999
Very dark for a Bourgogne. Pretty deep, good dark fruit. Blueberries. The wine mainly derives from a climate right beneath the Clos des Vougeot. One of the best Bourgognes we sampled.

Gevrey-Cambertin 1999
Dark cherry red. Pine needles. Good tannin. Wood. Dark fruit and spices.

Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Les Hauts Doix 1999
Very dark. Blackberries. Spicy tannin. Wood. Dark cherries, intensive and deep.

Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Les Sentièrs 1999
Deep red. Masculine. Fine tannin. Spices, pine needles, tobacco and boiled fruit.

Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Les Amoureuses 1999
Even darker. Blackberries and dark fruit. Very intensive. Wood. Very good structure. Still some carbon dioxide.

Bonnes Mares 1999
Very deep, dark. Closed, dark fruit, tobacco. Full tannin, intensive, very long. Cherries.

Chambertin Clos de Bèze
Deep dark. Venison, spices, acridity, very Gevrey. Very intensive, very long. Vanilla touches.

Bottle samples:

Chambolle-Musigny Premier Cru Les Haut Doix 1998
Very good colour. Closed fragrance. In the mouth wood, fine tannin, fine acidity. Fruity, blackberries, wild strawberries and dark fruit.

Bonnes Mares 1998
Deep red. Vanilla, blackberries. Plums. In the mouth earthy and full. Plenty tannin, wood. Going to be very good. Long, warm finish. Spices.

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