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.
Etienne Grivot believes in dense planting for small crops, with a continuing emphasis on full, rich Pinot Noir fruit. He strives to make ripe wines with a complete, well-rounded bouquet. Grivot formerly employed the controversial oenologist Guy Accad. While Etienne learned a great deal from the Accad experience, he now practices gentle and non-intrusive winemaking.