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92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Like a mingling of roasted lamb and beef marrow with lightly-cooked black raspberry, decadent flowers, brown spices, and caramel, Anne Gros’s 2008 Richebourg represents a meaty meal all its own. The suffusion of tannin here is as refined though more intense than in the corresponding Clos Vougeot, and this finishes with the vibratory energy displayed by so many of the best 2008s, here taking the form of a spice and fruit colloquy. What I miss here is quite the mouthwatering combination of mineral elements with carnal savor captured in the corresponding Clos Vougeot, but the meatiness certainly runs long and deep in this Richebourg. (DS)  (6/2010)

94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red, a bit less saturated than the Clos Vougeot. Deeper aromas of black raspberry, blueberry, flinty smoky minerality and pepper, along with a whiff of gamey reduction. Bigger, broader and sweeter than the Clos Vougeot, and amazingly supple and plump for a grand cru from this vintage, without any loss of shape. The back end is like a booster rocket of fruits and flowers, which cover the wine's acidity and noble tannins today. I'd love to taste this next to the Clos Vougeot in ten years' time. (ST)  (3/2011) 

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the wood toast is more subtle if by no means invisible with an attractively layered and fresh nose of spicy purple fruit aromas that lead to solidly rich, full and tautly muscled flavors that are not particularly big or powerful by the usual standards of this wine but there is beautiful balance and focus. This should mature over the medium-term, which is to say 5 to 8 years earlier than what I usually suggest.  (1/2010) 



The Story

This arm of the Gros family own a sizeable 0.60 hectare piece of Richebourg making them equal fourth largest behind the Domaine de la Romanee-Conti who have 3.51 hectares

Anne-Francoise is the daughter of Jean and Jeanine Gros (Domaine Jean Gros) and when the family domaine was split upon her father’s retirement in 1996, Anne-Francoise, along with her brothers Michel and Bernard, received some tremendous parcels of land. All three have their own domaines and run independently. Another Gros, Anne (in Vosne-Romanee), is a cousin.

Anne-Francois married Francois Parent who had inherited vineyards in Pommard. Today, after the purchase of more vineyards, the husband and wife domaines work alongside each other and present a treasure of appellations from both the Cote du Nuits and Cote du Beaune.


Vintage 2008

 An indifferent spring caused uneven flowering and mildew risk. At the end of June the weather changed for the better, continuing into July. Apart from local hail in the Côte de Beaune at the end of July, the summer began well. August arrived fairly cold and variable, but fortunately the last week of the month brought fine, warm weather. The lead-up to harvest saw sunny skies, apart from two days of rain in mid-September. A challenging vintage.

From day one the red wines have had a rich, pure fruit character with fine, silky tannins. The whites offer a good balance between ripe fruit and vibrant acidity. A vintage not to be overlooked because the wines deliver potential and pleasure.  




Beaune, Burgundy


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