Domaine Anne Gros
and Jean-Paul Tollot

Rational agriculture
Anne Gros and Jean Paul Tollot, both fifth-generation winemakers in their respective domaines in Vosne-Romanée and Chorey-les-Beaune in Burgundy, joined their expertise in 2008 to create the Terroirs de Cazelles in the Haut Minervois area of the Languedoc.

Their domaine is comprised of 15 hectares / 37 acres distributed among 6 vineyards, of which 5 have been baptized as L'O de La Vie, Les Combettes, Les Fontanilles, La Ciaude, and Les Carrétals.

Each cuvee is coming from AOC Minervois classification but we choose to keep independence to extract the origin of the plot instead of a compulsory blending and produce the tiny Côtes du Brian IGP Pays de l'Hérault, situated at the door of Natural Park of Haut Languedoc.
Now Anne Gros has gone and done something apparently crazy: established an entirely new domaine in what is arguably France's most challenging wine region, the Languedoc, where the local growers are being bribed to pull up their vines, so great is the surplus of cheap wine being produced there.

This time she is not alone. The new domaine carries not just her name but that of the father of her three teenage children, Jean-Paul Tollot of another well-regarded Burgundian domaine, Tollot-Beaut. And the two of them are on a mad cycle of constant overseeing of their cellars and vineyards in both Burgundy and Minervois. She drives the five hours to the Languedoc every two or three weeks; he visits more often during the harvest, which, to make things more complicated, usually coincides with the vintage in Burgundy.

They took a good look at Provence and considered a nice, established property with a maison de maitre in the middle of it, but it was 'too bourgeois'. The Languedoc is also awash with pretty nineteenth-century houses desperate for a buyer, but they wanted to build an ecologically respectable house, from scratch.

This is why Les Cazelles, a tiny hamlet on the north-eastern border of the Minervois appellation - average age of humans 60, average age of vines probably not much less - now has an extraordinary bright orange, baked earth, metal and wooden two-storey building, all curves and oblongs, on the brow of a hill overlooking the Montagne Noire in the distance and an irrigation-free cactus plantation in the immediate foreground.

On the first floor is a minimalist living area equipped with full electronic teenage support systems while below is probably the single most lavishly equipped winery in the whole of Languedoc-Roussillon.

Admittedly, Les Cazelles is one of the highest villages in the Minervois appellation, at 220 m elevation - 'like Vosne-Romanée', as Anne Gros points out on her carefully tended Even midsummer nights here are cool and the winters are savage.

Their vines are dotted around the village in almost as many parcels as they own in the Côte d'Or, and they have decided, Burgundy style, to group them into three terroirs and three different blends of the four varieties they grow. Les Fontanilles is the freshest, fruitiest and arguably most burgundian, from north-facing plots on mainly the flaky grey sediments known as grès. La Ciaude comes from hotter terrain with some clay and limestone, and incorporates the produce of the extraordinary tree-like 104-year-old Carignan. Les Carrétals comes from just one hectare of vines that celebrated their centenary last year. It tastes particularly exotic and intense and carries its oaky burden with the most ease.

The Wines of Domaine Anne Gros
and Jean-Paul Tollot

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Domaine Anne Gros
and Jean-Paul Tollot
03 80 61 07 95
[email protected]
11 Rue des Communes - VOSNE ROMANEE

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