Red Burgundy is known as a minefield. The effects of the growing season can have a perversely disparate effect on vineyards that lay mere paces from one another. The truly great vineyards are ones that can produce spectacular wines in almost any vintage, and those are the vineyards the connoisseurs follow. Les Boudots in Nuits St. Georges is one of the vineyards.
As is the case with most of the great vineyards of Burgundy, the fruit from Les Boudot is shared by a handful of producers. Two of the very finest producers craft exceptional bottlings from this small plot and sell them of hundreds of dollars a bottle, the remaining producers are all crowded in at close to $100 a bottle. Among these, Jean Grivot's is a standout. The fruit from these old vines yields a rich, structured Burgundy, full of black fruit, mineral scents and an edge of meatiness that needs just a few years to fully blossom.