Domaine Anne Gros Clos Vougeot Grand Cru Le Grand Maupertui 1998

Burgundy,Cote de Nuits
Pinot Noir

This has finally begun to turn secondary with a soaring nose of spicy plum and moderately earthy aromas that are trimmed in a bit of wood while introducing intense, austere and equally earthy full-bodied flavors that buffer the softening if slightly astringent tannins with impressive sève, all wrapped in a long and strikingly complex finish. At 14 years of age, this is at the inflexion point where it could be drunk by those who like still powerful flavors or, for those who prefer more mature nuances, this could easily be held for another five years or so. Aside from the small amount of residual wood, this has aged beautifully and is just now coming into its own. - BH91

This wine may be characterised by its impressive fullness. Its power, sometimes a bit austere and monolithic, is tempered by ripe tannins.

Its weight moves across the tongue with lots of harmony and fullness, even a certain elegance underneath its romanesque character.

Velvet purple colour, it is the archetype of beautiful Pinot Noir. Pronounced aromas of black fruit (ripe cherry, plum and black current…) as well as spice (pepper, cloves, nutmeg…).

A candied element develops as it ages, in addition to complex secondary aromas associated with meaty nuances.

Possibilities for food pairing tend to lean toward richer dishes: roasted red meat with berries or fruit, red meat in sauce, game with sorrel…red currant jam, mild cheeses or nothing at all.

This wine has excellent ageing potential. Nevertheless, according to our believes about great wines, it is often possible to drink the wine while still young when the tannin and structure are at the forefront, essential qualities for balancing a great wine. - Winemaker's Notes

The Winery

Domaine Anne Gros is a small Burgundy estate based in Vosne-Romanée, producing a range of bright, precise and elegant wines from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The domaine has a total of 6.5 hectares (16 acres) across nine appellations, including parcels in the Grand Cru vineyards Clos Vougeot, Echezeaux and Richebourg. Anne Gros also makes village-level Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny wines, as well as generic Bourgogne wines. 

The vines are farmed according to biodynamic principles. Red grapes are vinified in epoxy-lined cement tanks, with whites in stainless steel. Barrel-aging typically lasts around 16 months with 80 percent new oak for Grand Crus, 50 percent for village wines and 30 percent for regional wines.

Anne Gros is part of an extensive winemaking family, and succeeded her father in 1988; the estate was named Domaine Anne et François Gros until 1995. Domaine Gros Frère et Souer, Domaine Michel Gros, and Domaine A.F. Gros are all run by Gros' cousins – the latter, run by Anne-Françoise Gros, is easily confused with Domaine Anne Gros.

In 2008, with her winegrower partner, Anne also established Domaine Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot at Cazelles in Minervois. - Information from Wine Searcher

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