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Albert Grivault, in the 19th century a established regional distiller, bought his vineyards in 1879 right after phylloxera ravaged the vines in France. Among these vineyards was the famous Clos de Perrieres. Purchasing this proved a brilliant business decision.
Albert’s grandson, Michel Bardet, has been working on the domaine for decades. He is well in his 80s and co-owns the domaine with his sister of 90. Bardet produces his Bourgogne Blanc from young vines (~10 years old) from the same vineyards as his Meursault wines. His philosophy: these young grapes can’t possibly contain the same minerality and complexity as the older vines. He therefore declassifies this Meursault into a simple Bourgogne Blanc. Financially maybe not the best decision, as he can fetch higher prices for Meursault, but it established his reputation as a honest, driven wine maker who aims for the best. And we the wine lovers benefit too!