Domaine Robert Groffier
An Atherton Wine Imports Direct Domaine
It must be impossible to praise Groffier’s wines in a way that hasn’t been done before. In every recent vintage, this domaine has produced complex, delicious, lushly textured wines that are immediately appealing, but also have the balance to improve for many years. So it was no surprise for us that in the 6th Edition of Parker’s Wine Buyer’s Guide, Groffier was ranked as one of the top four Burgundy producers of the late 1990s.
While Robert and his son Serge let their grapes ripen longer than most producers, their methods are traditional. They severely limit yields and then meticulously sort the grapes after harvest. There is no strict formula for new oak or the amount of time each wine spends in barrel. They check the wines regularly during every stage of development and let their palates guide them.
Domaine Groffier also owns some fantastic vineyards and they really maximize the quality by using the Cordon Royat method of training the vines. This increasingly rare technique reduces yields and produces very concentrated grapes. The two Grand Crus are always some of the top representations of their respective vineyards. Groffier also owns the largest single parcel of the unofficial Grand Cru Chambolle “Les Amoureuses.” Even the Bourgogne comes from superior vineyards – one parcel is next to the Grand Cru Clos Vougeot and the other is adjacent to the vineyards of Morey-St-Denis.
Praise for Robert Groffier
“Readers should note that this estate has made extraordinary strides in recent years, and is presently in the top echelon of Burgundy Producers.” – Parker's Wine Buyer's Guide, 6th ed.
"As longtime readers know, I have always admired the quality of the raw materials here and to the domaine's immense credit, many vignerons in the Côte readily acknowledge that the vineyard work chez Groffier is second to none." - Burghound, Jan 2008“As long-time IWC readers know, I am a great fan of this domain's wines” – Stephen Tanzer, I.W.C., Mar/Apr 2003
“If you are looking for real Pinot Noir – complexity, purity and finesse, rather than power, muscle and gaminess – this is the place to come.” – Clive Coates, Cote D'Or, 1997
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