Average critic rating : 94.0 points
A potent but very reserved, indeed almost backward mix of wood spice, Vosne spice, earth, smoke, animale and gorgeous black berry fruit aromas blend into rich, full and wonderfully deep flavors that are supple and not as concentrated as those of the GE but there is no lack of mid-palate fat to buffer the somewhat austere and firmly structured finish. I like the balance here and there is really good depth of material that is presently robust but hugely long and this should make for a most impressive wine in 12 to 15 years. Jan 2008, www.burghound.com, Drink: 2017+
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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