93-95 Points, Wine Advocate
94 Points, Stephen Tanzer
93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2010 Vosne-Romanee Les Beaux Monts is striking in its beauty. Dark plums, cherries, menthol, flowers and licorice literally explode from the glass as the wine shows off its pedigree and sheer class. Rich, powerful and sensual, the 2010 Beaux Monts is a dazzling, complete wine that will be nearly impossible to resist in its youth, even if it needs considerable bottle age to be at its best. Sweet floral notes and cool mineral notes appear to give brightness to the radiant, expansive finish. This is a stunning wine from Etienne and Marielle Grivot. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035. (2/2012)
94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Good medium red. Sexy, scented aromas and flavors of raspberry, Oriental spices and orange peel. Pure, silky, spicy and dry; wonderfully spherical wine with ineffable high notes of flowers and iodiney minerality. Finishes with utterly suave tannins and subtle building length and lingering perfume. This wine leaves the salivary glands quivering
This 1er Cru Red Burgundy can hold its own with Grand Cru Burgundy for double the price. Just starting to shed its baby fat and revealing its true worth!
Slightly herbal, with currant and cranberry flavors, this red is lean and sinewy, displaying a hint of sweetness at the core. Spice, licorice, mint and dusty tannins round out the finish.
The Grivots originally came from the Jura, but established themselves in Burgundy at the time of the French revolution. They first settled in Nuits-St.-Georges, later moving into Vosne-Romanée. While Burgundian tradition concentrates primarily on vineyards and viticulture, the Grivot family realized quite early on that oenology was equally important in producing fine wines, and Gaston Grivot was among the first growers to earn an oenology degree from the University of Dijon in the 1920's.
Jean Grivot, Gaston's son, also studied at the University of Dijon. His marriage into the Jayer family (for whom Grivot also consults and produces wines) consolidated family holdings; vineyards in Chambolle, Vosne-Romanée, Les Rouges and Echézeaux were added through inheritance. A parcel of Richebourg was acquired in 1984 from the Vienot estate. Etienne Grivot, the family's youngest vintner, now runs this remarkable estate. He has been praised as one of Burgundy's most innovative new talents.
Pair with stuffed pork crown roast with black cherry reduction.