Domaine Groffier lies in Morey, but its seven-hectare domaine contains few vines from the commune. Its main holdings are in next-door Chambolle, where it owns substantial parts in the finest 1ers and grands crus (including the biggest part of Amoureuses), as well as some excellent Gevrey vineyards, Clos de Bèze among them. Although it has consistently produced fine, elegant wine, it has been a little under the radar until recently, when Nicolas Groffier took over from his grandfather Robert and father Serge. A young man of firm opinions, he has taken quality to an unprecedented level, and the wines are now very sought-after.
Nicolas was delighted with the quality of what he called a ‘classic vintage’. Apart from the common problems of frost, poor flowering and water shortages, he faced an attack of oidium in his best sites. Ripening slowed dangerously in August, but a welcome bout of rain late in the month refreshed the vines and allowed them to come up to speed again. He began harvesting on 9th September, and brought in a beautiful, but tiny crop. He loves the precision of his wines, and they are moderate in alcohol, few surpassing 13%.