In 2019, the Albert Grivault Estate celebrated its 140th anniversary; a successful family legacy spanning four generations.
Domaine Albert Grivault
Domaine Albert Givault is located in the heart of Meursault. At the age of 19, after the death of his father, Albert Grivault decided to devote his life to winemaking and distillation. In 1875, phylloxera had already established its disastrous consequences in the Languedoc area, but had yet not reached Burgundy. In 1879, the Marquis de la Troche, well-known aristocrat and estate owner in Meursault, died without leaving any direct heirs, and the prestigious climat in Meursault named “Le Clos des Perrières” was put on sale and purchased by Albert Grivault. This small 1-hectare plot is today unanimously considered to be the best Meursault 1er cru plot. He built up an estate of 15 hectares, though he subsequently gave his holding of Meursault Charmes to the Hospices de Beaune. Other vineyards were later sold, including a hectare of Clos de Vougeot in 1931.His grandson, Michel Bardet passed the reigns of the domaine to his daughter Claire and his son Henri-Marc.
The domaine covers a little over 6 ha including the Meursault 1er Cru Clos des Perrieres, the Meursault Perrières 1er Cru, Meursault,Bourgogne Blanc, andPommard 1er Cru Clos Blanc.The whites are bottled just before the next harvest after being matured in 20% new wood for the premiers crus. The red wine is aged in total for 18 months, having been vinified without stems. Domaine Albert Grivault’s white wines are generally regarded as of a very high calibre, and are described as having a bright, acidic nature with astounding levels of clear minerality.
Domaine Albert Grivault has even been trying to have its appellations upgraded, such as its Bourgogne Blanc hectare to be considered as Meursault, and, more ambitiously, proposing that its Clos des Perriéres to be promoted to Grand Cru.
Celebrating its 140th anniversary in 2019, this estate is without a doubt one of the leading Domaines of Meursault and Burgundy in general.