A tiny, 3.5 acre lieu-dit in the heart of Côte-Rôtie, the iconic Les Grandes Places (the great place) vineyard was the location of Jean-Michel's first purchase in 1988. It also has the domaine's oldest vines, some of which were inherited from his grandfather and planted in 1924-1926! The vineyard is positioned on steep terraces composed of micaschiste with south-southeast facing vines at 300 meters.
Tractors cannot negotiate the incredibly steep vines, so all of the work throughout the growing and harvest season is done by hand, with picking done with basket backpacks. A wine produced from 100% Syrah, the juice is macerated for 30 days and then aged in barrique (30% new) for 22 months. The vines are incredibly low-yielding, with only 400 6-packs created in an average year. Les Grandes Places is known historically as being one of the most ageworthy sites in the appellation, with a potential for 15+ years of cellar development.
Press Notes :
97 points, James Suckling – “This has such intense, rich dark cherries and berries with a rich, roasted-espresso and baking-spice edge. The new oak is dialed back to 60% from 100% here, starting in this vintage. The palate is so concentrated and has a wealth of rich dark plums and abundant toasted spices on offer. There’s a meaty edge, too. Try from 2023.”