Anne Gros is one of the most respected, and most fortunate, wine producers in the world. As an only child she inherited all of her father François's three hectares of prime Côte d'Or vineyard land around the most bejewelled village in Burgundy, Vosne-Romanée, and has been running it with great aplomb since the age of 22. When only 25, she expanded Domaine Anne Gros to 6.5 ha. She then went on to build a completely new winery - quite unlike the traditional underground cellars of her neighbours, and converted an outbuilding into a stylish modern guesthouse, La Colombière. Most importantly, she makes extremely good wine.
The beautiful ruby colour is typical of the light soil. This is a delicate, elegant wine with notes of red fruit (red current, raspberry) as well as floral nuances (rose, violet).
It is a great match with poultry, roasted red meat and mild cheeses. We recommend that you drink it fairly young (between 2 to 10 years) to take full advantage of its elegant texture.
This parcel within the village appellation of Chambolle Musigny is situated at the southern limit of the territories of Chambolle and Vosne Romanée in the locality of the Combe d'Orveau. It was bequeathed by Louis Gros on his death in 1951 to his son François.
The origin of the word "Orveau" comes from "Val d'Or" (small golden vale). East facing, this coomb opens onto the anticlinal valley where Echezeaux, Grands Echezeaux and Clos de Vougeot are situated.
The climate is more extreme due to its geographical situation (colder in winter, hotter in summer). The wooded surroundings, which are battling erosion, contribute to a more humid autumn. This 1.10 ha parcel is composed equally of 45 year old vines and 6 year old vines. The soil, which is very stony, rich in scree and extremely fine-grained, rests on a substrata of white marl.
It is coming by heritage from my father François and was rent to the Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur for 25 years.
The age is 19 years old. It was pruned in Royat style until last year when I decided to follow his evolution with Guyot style, better adapted to the situation.
I began to row and eliminate weed killers. A true happiness to work the land still alive with a beautiful brown soil with little rocks and even some small fossils!!!
The vineyard reacted very soon with an extremely early maturation. Perhaps the more in advance terroir of the Domaine...
This first vinification shows a delicate structure with marvellous silky tannins, velvet fruit with a touch of spices...
Clos Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui
It is situated just underneath Grands Echezeaux in the locality of "le Grand Maupertui". We have revived the name of the locality given by the Citeaux monks and featured it on the label.
The etymology may come from "millepertuis", a plant with yellow flowers used for its dermatology properties or, probably more likely, from "pertus", which means "well" in Latin. Not that there was thought to be a well on this site, instead it refers to a gentle hollow in the landscape situated in the large breadth of the anticlinal valley of the Combe d'Orveau.
The latter hypothesis is more likely as there is another locality called "Petit Maupertui". It is reinforced by a levy carried out in Clos Vougeot by the GEST (Organization of study and sustainment of terroirs). Here one observes the presence of deep clayey soil, with variable soil grain before reaching the larger rocks in comparison with other areas of the Clos.
The parcel slopes slightly offering excellent natural drainage and the surrounding wall of Clos Vougeot protects it from slow yet inevitable erosion. This gives us approximately 1,50 m at various levels between the road which joins Vosne with Château du Clos Vougeot.
Ripeness is usually excellent with decent yields. A fat wine with honeyed aromas of apple and pear. Great acidity keeps it from being heavy. The 2000 vintage was aged for 12 months in 100% new oak imparting notes of fresh butter and hazel nuts.
The final result gives a wine that can be paired with fish and meat in white sauces, quenelles, foie gras... An experimental pairing with fresh truffles or even sweet spices would be interesting.
It is surprising to note, that given its less noble origins, certain vintages have an ageing potential of more than 10 years. This wine will accompany white and red meat, either roasted or cooked in wine sauces, charcuterie and soft cheeses.
It is in fact an extraordinary wine in that it combines power with supreme elegance. We often describe it as a peacock's tail. The silky, velvetiness of the tannins is complemented by a minerality which adds powerful depth and makes this grand cru one of the most sensual and complex wines.
Its purple colour reflects like a jewel the purity of Pinot Noir. The aromas are extremely complex and express an entire spectrum. The floral aspect is characterised by notes of peony, roses and violets... The spicy aspect by notes of licorice, vanilla and coriander... The fruit aspect by notes of red and black fruit (raspberry, black currant...) The vegetal aspect by notes of undergrowth, methyl, fresh cut herbs...
The exotic aspect by notes of leather and musk... notes of caramel and chocolate bring it all together. It is a wine which with age becomes more and more earthy (humus, wet undergrowth) and wild (animal fur...). The food and wine pairings are many, but a dish must never be over complicated once you decide to open a Richebourg. The simplest mix of flavours gives the best results. The fundamental rule is to avoid suffocating this wine with heavier dishes.
Red meat and roasted game with mushrooms (morels, truffles, ceps...) and onion confit, along with a dash of spice form a magnificent combination. Mild cheeses (comté, reblochon, cîteaux...) are also excellent companions.