Savoury nose, but quite sweet fruit. Hedonistic rather than classical. Some honeyed character. Lots still to chew on.
16+ Points — Jancis Robinson MW
Really very tasty – a very nicely finishing wine – yum! Last drops have added florals – lovely.
— Bill Nanson, The Burgundy Report
Detailed and pretty with lovely citrus fruit, some pear and a hint of green apple. Lovely freshness too. There’s some weight to the fruit. 93/100 — Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
Almost exotic, delicious, with a nod towards Meursault, despite this lieu-dit being situated right at the northern tip of the Appellation. It has a good bit of gras and body to it without losing acidity. — David Crossley, The Wide World of Wine
91 Points — Tim Atkins MW
From a small vineyard above and behind the village of Saint Aubin as the slope starts facing westerly. Sharp shards of limestone poke out of a very white, chalky Argovian soil at the top of the vineyard, slowly merging into a iron-rich Callovian limestone from marl at the base of the slope. The fruit from the top is more mineral and acid driven, with grapes lower down giving richer, riper, fruit-driven character. Being westerly facing and tucked up towards the Hautes-Côte de Beaune, this is a late ripening site with old vines delivering classic Saint Aubin aromatics, flavours and verve.
Hand picked and pressed without SO2 for three hours and settled overnight. The juice was oxidised in tank for another 24 hours and racked to a 400L and a 300L barrel for a fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Aged on full lies , without stirring or racking, for 9 months with a final month in tank on light lies for focus and freshness. Unfined and lightly filtered, bottled under DIAM 10.
Tasting note from winemaker Andrew Nielsen
Ripe citrus, orange oils, melon, guava and undertones of struck match, less reductive on the nose than our 2014, but those smoky notes are still there. More textural and weighty than our 2014 as well, with a sweet fruit palate balanced by mineral notes of wet gravel and an acid drive at it’s core.
3 barrels made
About Le Grappin
“My vision for Le Grappin is to seek out special sites in the over-looked, under-appreciated reaches of Burgundy, that tell a story. I search out viticulteurs as maniacal as me, who tend their vines throughout the year, who know their sites and how best to make the site shine. My job is to ensure the wine reaches it’s true potential, working by hand, with small lots, giving each wine as much care and attention as my viticulteurs have paid to the vines. I believe one finds a sense of detail, purity, and focus in my wines as a result. I hope you enjoy the stories my wines have to tell.” – Andrew Nielsen, Le Grappin