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Cros Parantoux is a premier cru situated in Vosne-Romanée and is now one of the most celebrated wines in all of Burgundy. Whether this is because of the world wide celebrity of Henri Jayer, or whether the quality of this site made the reputation of Henri Jayer is difficult to say but either way, it has been an extraordinary marriage for more than 50 years now. As a result, Cros Parantoux is on almost everyone’s very short list of premiers crus that merit elevation to grand cru status.
It is a small vineyard, measuring only 1.01 ha (2.5 acres) and there are only two owners, Domaines Méo- Camuzet and Henri Jayer, split 29.5 ares and 71.5, respectively. Jayer, who is now 82 years old, leases the majority of his portion to his nephew Emmanuel Rouget and since 1989, there have been 3 different versions of Cros Parantoux produced
"We tend to count too much on science, when, before, people gave importance to natural things. One thing is certain, the ancients were not dumb, and if they established a tradition it was because of their experience. They tried to eliminate unfavorable elements and preserve what worked best." -Henri Jayer
Burgundy: A difficult vintage: hard, tannic red wines and rich, intense whites.
Warm weather didn’t appear until late in May to kick off flowering, although it was still relatively cool. The summer started well until the second week of August, when rain arrived. This wet period stayed on into September, causing problems with rot. The warm sunny weather which returned in mid-September further concentrated the grapes, but was also quite favourable to noble rot. Harvest started on 22 September in the Côte de Beaune. Remarkably some of the white grapes in Meursault were affected by botrytis, and made a Vendange Tardive wine. The reds were quite tannic and hard when young; some have remained this way, while others have rounded out over time. A vintage to approach selectively with caution.