Vosne-Romanée, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
“Today, purity of fruit and suavity of structure, are the watchwords at this address, and while Anne is sanguine about her wines’ aging potential, counseling drinking them between ages five and fifteen, I suspect that at the very least her grands crus are sufficiently well balanced to significantly surpass that conservative recommendation.“William Kelley, The Wine Advocate, January 2019
Anne Gros joined her father François in 1988 and took full charge of the domaine 1995. Today she is one of the major players in Burgundy and has also branched out into the Minervois in the south of France.
The domaine now covers 6.5 hectares in and around Vosne-Romanée. There are three grand crus – Richebourg, Echezeaux and Clos de Vougeot, but no premier crus. On village level there is Vosne-Romanée, Les Barreaux, and Chambolle-Musigny, La Combe d’Orveau, and then there is both Bourgogne and Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits in red and white. The Bourgogne Blanc was added in 1996 and four years later came the Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and in 2007 the grand cru of Echezeaux. The 0.76 hectares of Echezeaux, all located in the lieu-dit of Les Loachausses, was returning after a 25 year lease to Domaine Gros Frère et Sœur.
Anne practises organic and biodynamic viticulture and has done so for the last 15 years. but is not interested in seeking certification as she feels it would restrict her freedom with her work.
“The 2018 Richebourg Grand Cru has a gorgeous bouquet of ebullient blackberry, raspberry and cranberry fruit entwined with crushed stone and wild hedgerow aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp, firm tannins and well-integrated new oak. Fresh and lightly spiced with black pepper and savory notes toward a finish that is tremendously persistent. Bon vin!” 94-96 pts.Neal Martin, Vinous, January 2020
Anne feels that it has become easier being a woman in the world of wine, though there are still difficulties. As the wine market is dominated by men it can be hard for women to make themselves heard. She, like Athenais Béru is a member of, the FEVB – Femmes et Vins de Bourgogne (Women and wine of Burgundy). The organisation was initiated in 2000 by Anne Parent in Pommard and includes 34 members on different Burgundy domaines and arranges various event in order to promote the region and the domaines. The purpose is to create a connection between the young generation and the old dinosaurs like me, says Anne!!
|Wine||Blend||Vine age||Soil type||Vineyard area|
|Crémant de Bourgogne|
|Bourgogne Blanc Chardonnay||Chardonnay|
|Bourgogne Blanc Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Marine||Chardonnay|
|Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Pinot Noir||Pinot Noir|
|Chambolle-Musigny La Combe d’Orveau||Pinot Noir||1.1ha|
|Vosne-Romanée Les Barreaux||Pinot Noir||0.39ha|
|Echezeaux grand cru Les Loachausses||Pinot Noir||0.85ha|
|Clos Vougeot grand cru Le Grand Maupertui||Pinot Noir||0.93ha|
|Richebourg grand cru||Pinot Noir||0.60ha|
Viticulture & Vinification
- Heavily influenced by organic & biodynamic principles
- Regular ploughing
- Natural compost used as fertiliser
- Wild yeast fermentation
- Grapes are destemmed
- From 2017 the domaine uses one-third new barrels, one-third one-year barrels and one-third two-year barrels