With the distinction of making wines only from its own vineyards, Domaine Jean Grivot, which was found in 1930,has earned its reputation as a trailblazer as well as a superior Burgundian producer. As is the case with many prominent domaines, Jean Grivot is a family affair: Étienne Grivot and his wife, Marielle (who also happens to be the sister of the late Patrick Bize, former owner and winemaker at Domaine Simon Bize) assumed its leadership upon the death of Étienne’s father Jean in 1987. The nearly 38-acre domaine spreads across 22 appellations and includes holdings in Clos de Vougueot, Echézeaux and Richebourg grand crus. There are also eight premier crus, among them, the famous Les Beaux Monts and Suchots in Vosne-Romanée. Étienne is known for his relentless desire to seek new ways to improve his wine: he has employed organic farming methods (although the domaine remains non-certified), and has transformed his cellar protocol to ensure that quality remains the top priority. Following the example of minimalist winemakers such as the late Jacques d’Angerville, the domaine keeps chemical interference at bay, and maintains a respect for the integrity and health of the land. The Pinot Noir wines of Domaine Jean Grivotare herbaceous, and present flavors of red fruits and purple flowers. Brightly acidic, they hold medium weight and upon maturity, carry appealing notes of vanilla and spice. Both elegant and approachable, it is Burgundy at its best.