Average critic rating : 94.0 points
Dark cherries, plums, spices, menthol and licorice are some of the many notes that are woven together in the 2009 Grands- Echezeaux. I very much like the depth and intensity of the fruit. Today the 2009 appears to be holding much of its ultimate potential in reserve. Ideally the wine needs a few more years to flesh out. The fragrant, silky finish leaves me quite hopeful for the future. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034. eRobertParker.com.April, 2012
The Gros name is one of Burgundy’s most confusing: a copy of the Gros family tree is helpful to understand the domaines: Gros Frere et Soeur, Michel Gros, Anne Gros and Anne-Francoise Gros. All are descended from Alphonse Gros, who moved to Vosne-Romanee in the early 19th century.
Bernard Gros is blessed with some of the finest holdings in Vosne-Romanee. The jewel is his 00.69 hectares of Richebourg and he also has one of the finest plots in the Clos Vougeot - “en Musigni” – situated just above the Ch. de Clos Vougeot and just below Musigny itself. This is one of the few plots on the Clos where one can taste some real terroir, some real character to the soil.
Bernard is a pragmatic winemaker – he trained as an engineer before taking the helm at this impressive domaine – and his aim is “un vin de plaisir”: wines of pleasure. Much of the domaine was replanted in the 1980s and his vines are hitting a sweet spot in terms of their maturity. Bernard uses plenty of new oak, which gives the wines a glossy edge and makes them some of the most accessible wines of the appellation.
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