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History

The Gros family have been making excellent wine in the famous Burgundian commune of Vosne-Romanee since 1830, when Alphonse Gros married Madame Latour and acquired his first parcels of vines there. There were various divisions of the land until the latest generation took over in 1995 when Jean Gros retired. The estate was, at that point, divided amongst his three children, Michel, Bernard (bottled under the Gros Frère et Soeur brand) and the youngest, Anne. Although all three are neighbours in the village of Vosne-Romanee, their wine styles are very different.

Until 1994, Anne labelled her wines under Domaine Anne and Francoise Gros (her father's name). Her vineyard holdings are very small, but they include the jewel in her collection: 0.6 hectares of Richebourg, first planted in around 1930. She has quickly gained a reputation as one of the finest producers in Burgundy.         

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Vineyards

"Vine cultivation is extremely important and must be done in harmony with man and terroir(...) Pinot is a difficult varietal to cultivate, it is the most capricious but also the most fantastic."Concerned about practising a viticulture that is more respectful of man, vine and terroir, Anne Gros has taken a keen interest in biodynamic and organic viticulture. Though she believes this philosophy of cultivation is vital for the preservation of the terroir's biodiversity, she refuses to categorize or label the domaine as such. Her work in the vineyard consists especially of deliberate treatments (rational) according to need, ploughing the soil and using compost."I understand what each parcel is capable of in terms of quality, and I try to maintain the ideal number of bunches per vine stock."

 

Spring is the period when the vegetation's only requirement is to burst into life. One can feel all the tension. The rising of the sap marks the end of pruning. It is the final snip of the shears to sculpt the vines for the rest of the year. (Guyot pruning) Spore contamination (eutypiose) is thus controlled by this natural barrier. The 1st ploughing of the soil deters weed growth with the help of nitrogen fertilizer. The rhythm of frequency is approximately every three weeks, according to precipitation levels.

The state of trellising must then be checked carefully and repaired before attaching the cane. Fastening lasts approximately 3 weeks. The canes are pulled down on the pruning wire in such a way to mark the bend and stop future vegetation from tangling. During the month of May, after the tension of spring frost has past, it is necessary to severely prune the undesirable new shoots. This operation is referred to as green pruning, summer pruning, or even sucker removing... Aeration, potential yield and future pruning are the parameters which guide each operation. It is the moment of the first mildew contamination and the procession of timed treatments according to the temperature and precipitation levels.
 

The growth of the vine sometimes happens so fast in June that we don't stop running from one parcel to the other to trellis, afraid if a new branch will be break by wind or rain... or under their own weight. Protection against oidium begins by the 7th leaf. The 1st trim takes place around flowering and is repeated approximately every 15 days.

The harvest generally takes place between 15/09 and the 1st days of October. The sampling of maturity, the sanitary state of the grapes and the weather forecast all determine the date of harvest. Seasonal workers are recruited for approximately one week.
The grapes are sorted at harvest and removed from the parcel by back baskets. Small containers of 500 kg are transported regularly to the winery.

 

vendanges2.jpgThe vegetative cycle has ended, the sap falls again, the leaves turn colour quickly (gold and purple) then fall off with the 1st frost. Mechanical prepruning can begin as soon as the ground is solid. In mid-November, we begin winter pruning eliminating the old wood.

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Winemaking

Vinification is traditional at the domaine. In lined cement tanks for the reds and stainless steel tanks for the whites.

Anne Gros is constantly experimenting, and her winemaking style has evolved over the 10 years she has been in charge. Currently, the hand-picked grapes are crushed, with 20% of the stems retained. Fermentations are conducted in either stainless steel tanks or open-topped wooden vats, depending on the cuvée. She uses natural yeasts, with temperatures allowed to rise to 32°C. The wines are aged in barrel, with a high proportion of new oak - 80 to 90% for the Grands Crus. They are bottled after 15 to 18 months.

Barrel Ageing

At the domaine, barrel ageing takes place over approximately 16 months using a large percent of new oak: 80% for the grand crus, 50% for the village wines and 30% for the regional wines. This allows us to obtain a regular exchange of oxygen and wine as new wood is both a catalyst and a developer. It is what gives the wine aromatic complexity, weight and structure. Thanks to this alchemy, the expression of each different terroir in our wines is preserved and shown to its advantage.

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Inside information

The Gros family tree is fairly complicated, not least because the names Anne and François seem particularly popular. The original Louis Gros vineyards were split between his four children, two of whom combined their holdings, resulting in three separate domaines. These have now been further divided among Jean Gros' three children and François Gros' daughter Anne. Note that Domaine Anne Gros, formerly called Domaine Anne & François Gros, is not the same as Domaine A.F. Gros, which belongs to Anne's cousin Anne-Françoise. Just to complicate matters further, Anne-Françoise has married another François, from the Parent family of Pommard fame !

Fortunately for confused buyers, they all make very good wine from the fine vineyards each has inherited. Anne has got nearly a hectare in the best part of the Clos Vougeot, where the slope is steepest and the soil well-drained, as well as 60 ares of Richebourg. Also of interest are her 'village' status vines in Chambolle and Gevrey: both are up the hill rather than on the flat alluvial plain, and she succeeds in making wines of 1er Cru quality from each.



Anne took over the winemaking from her father in 1988, having studied at Beaune and Dijon and gained valuable work experiencce in Australia (at Rosemount). She is open to new ideas and constantly experimenting, a legacy of her time in Australia perhaps. The results are highly encouraging, and she is quickly building a reputation as one of the new stars of the Côte de Nuits. These are wines of elegance, charm and great finesse, ideal for medium-term drinking.

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    The goal of the game is to obtain ripe and healthy grapes. I then strive to bring everything together while respecting the integrity of our grapes.

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 Julia Harding MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Anne Gros . In a tasting of  27 wines 

Telmo Rodríguez Lanzaga 2009 / Bushvine Tempranillo, Graciano and Garnacha from the village of Lanciego. Planted at 500-600 m on a sandstone plateau. Flat shallow soils, stony, calcareous and silty textured. Low fertility and low water retention capacity. Some fruit from own biodynamically farmed vineyard, some bought in. 40,000 bottles. Fermented with native yeasts in cement tanks, matured 14 months in big oak casks and smaller barrels. Bottled June 2012.
Intensely dark crimson with black core. Smells immediately sweeter and riper and more intense than the LZ, with some oak sweetness. Very dark fruited and more spice too. Even with that extra fruit intensity there is still a graphite/mineral dimension. On the palate, the tannins are dense but somehow silky at the same time, giving a wonderfully dry finish, the same effect as 70% dark chocolate but with a different flavour. Still pretty closed up on the palate, dark and savoury and firmly mineral. Super-dry, long finish. So much more to come. Stunning wine. A little more luscious than the 2010 Alto Lanzaga. (JH)

7m 9d ago

 Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Anne Gros . In a tasting of  21 wines 

Cristal 2008 / 16% malo, only on Pinot Noir from the Montagne de Reims. ‘There were lots of similarities with 1996, which gave us the possibility to replay the 1996 vintage! Maybe we picked 1996 a bit early so in 2008 we waited longer, by at least a week, than in 1996. Lots of tasting – far more than in 1996 when Roederer based picking only on analysis – and there was no malo in 1996.’ For the first time ever, they decided to release it later than the younger vintage, 2009 – so 2008 had nine years on lees. The last batch of 2008 will be disgorged in March 2019. (Scan the back label via the Roederer app to get the disgorgement year.) Jean-Baptiste Lécaillon is coy about the assemblage. ‘I’m looking for chalkiness.’ In 2008 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay, which reflects perfectly the balance of their plantings. 40% of the estate was biodynamic then.
Really dense nose with lots of evolution but still extreme freshness. Some apple-skin character. Bone dry but wonderful lift and freshness. Long and super-lively. Real undertow, but very racy on the nose. Lots to chew on. Really elegant!

7m 27d ago

 Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Anne Gros . In a tasting of  23 wines 

Château d´Yquem 2005 / Yield of 12 hl/ha – almost record high levels! Quite deep gold. Wonderfully deep nose – never smelt anything as intense and glorious as this! Extraordinary!!! Deep yet lively. Exciting depth of pear juice and zest – tangerine peel too. Great astringency. 2001 was more concentrated. This is more transparent. Lovely dancing stuff, but already in the super-nuanced Yquem idiom. Lighter than some vintages but with great lacy complexity. Wonderful green, lively notes and some real explosiveness – 13.5 per cent. Energy drink! Coiled like a taut spring.

1y 6m ago

 Jancis Robinson MW, Wine Writer (United Kingdom)  tasted  1 wines  from  Anne Gros . In a tasting of  20 wines 

DRC Montrachet 1978 / 20.0 points / The best dry white wine I have ever tasted. Lovely healthy deep gold. Fabuloso! Toasty yet appetising. Very very meaty. Putty and butterscotch and savoury. Amazingly savoury and subtle. Great, great weight, density and subtlety yet no hint of heaviness. Amazing length.

2y 5m ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Anne Gros . In a tasting of  10 wines 

Meo Camuzet Richebourg 1999 / This is a full-bodied, vigorous, concentrated and quite oaky wine; still very youthful. Splendid fruit, almost sweet, with very good grip and a very long finish. There is a lot of wine here, and it is of very fine qualty. It will still keep for ages.

2y 8m ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Anne Gros . In a tasting of  39 wines 

But by and large the 2009 weather conditions could hardly have been better. August especially, in contrast to recent years, was magnificent. Remember the old saying 'Août fait le moût' (August makes (creates) the must). September was warm with a drying north wind, preserving the acidities which in the light of the fine weather and generous harvest might have begun to sink to levels close to dangerously low. In fact though these levels were not by any means high, apparently the pHs are quite normal. The fruit was so healthy it was hardly necessary to do a triage.

3y 4m ago

 Clive Coates / MW, Wine Writer (France)  tasted  1 wines  from  Anne Gros . In a tasting of  44 wines 

Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Romanée-Conti 2010 / 20.0 points.


Fine colour. Aromatic, minerally nose. Not as fat as La Tache or Richebourg. A bit more of the stems. Best on the follow through. Very, very lovely complex fruit. Marvelous long, lingering finish. Truly excellent.

4y 1m ago

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4y 1m ago

 Jillian Logan, Wine Collector (Greece)  tasted  3 wines  from  Anne Gros . In a tasting of  22 wines 

“Richebourg Tasting: Leroy Richebourg 1996 - 98 points / Bright, youngish colour of dark ruby. Open and promising nose packed with ripe, sweet, cassis fruit, violets and creamed cherry flavours. Powerful and round on the palate. Well structured with perfectly balanced velvety tannins and good, underpinning lively acidity. Very intense and has huge concentration. This Richebourg had a big and bold personality with an openhanded character and a vigorous, sweet and long ending. Fully mature but no hurry to drink. Enjoy this between 2016-2025.”

5y 1m ago

 Christer Byklum , Wine Writer (Norway)  tasted  5 wines  from  Anne Gros . In a tasting of  35 wines 

“Comtes de Lafon Montrachet 2005 - 97 points / Straw yellow. Starting out with honey, nuts and butter, with more air all kinds of citrus and some orange flowers as well, superb minerality, detailed. Fresh acidity, creamy texture, bit rich and nutty, intense, layered, slight caramelized apples note, some bitter notes, orange peel, smoky minerals, ever so sligjtly rough in the incredibly long finish, minutes. ”

5y 3m ago

 Pekka Nuikki / Founder of the Fine Wine Magazines, Pro (Finland)  tasted  1 wines  from  Anne Gros . In a tasting of  8 wines 

“Dinner at friend's house - Hirsch Vineyard's Pinot Noir a real charmer together with Boleterisotto.”

7y 8m ago

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