Dense and bright-fruited with some Cape-gooseberry sweet and bitter combination. Lots of texture. Sweet finish. All pleasure. Reverberates. 16.5 Points — Jancis Robinson MW
As others have said, Gravieres was perfect, probably the best white I tasted all week. — Oli North, from Wine Pages Forum
Lush, fine texture but ingraining, flavour and good freshness – gorgeous stuff – a certain lush character but wow!
— Bill Nanson, The Burgundy Report
Lovely pear, white peach fruit with some generosity. Nice detail with lovely weight to the fruit and some nutty hints. Nice purity and detail. 94/100 — Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
94 Points — Tim Atkins MW
From a 40 year old parcel of Chardonnay on Argovian white limestone, a rarity in Santenay, where the Bajocian red soil of the Côte de Nuits, which reappears in Chassagne to the north, reigns supreme. Argovian marl, terre blanche, is the classic soil for Chardonnay in Burgundy, and these vines were planted at a time when Santenay vineyards were almost entirely Pinot Noir. A forward thinking viticulteur indeed!
Hand picked, and slowly pressed. The juice was chilled and oxidised in tank for 24 hours and then racked to a 600L and a 400L barrel for a fermentation by indigenous yeasts. Aged on full lies, without stirring or racking, for 9 months with an extra month in tank on light lies for focus and freshness. Unfined and lightly filtered, bottled under DIAM 10.
Tasting note from winemaker Andrew Nielsen
Honeysuckle, guava, pineapple with some smoke from reduction and barrel fermentation which seductively lingers in the nose. Pineapple and cream on the palate; this is unabashedly 2015 White Burgundy. Crisp acidity and some light phenolics pull the wine in from getting too big and the slatey finish brings it together. The best “Gravières” we have made to date and a highlight of our 2015 lineup.
4 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
— Jamie Goode (@jamiegoode) January 16, 2015