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Average critic rating : 94.5 points



A restrained but elegant and very floral nose also speaks of red currant, plum, blue berry and hoisin is trimmed in a relatively curtailed application of oak. The equally reserved but powerful and big-bodied flavors brim with dry extract that renders the dense tannins less obvious than they would otherwise be on the firm and hugely long finish. This is a big but classy effort that should require around 15 years to arrive at its full majority. Jan 2012,, Drink: 2024+



The 2009 Richebourg blossoms in every direction with seemingly endless layers of flavor. An exotic melange of plums, red cherries, flowers and mint starts to take shape as the wine opens up in the glass. There is a pure radiance to the 2009 that is impossible to miss. At the same time, the firm Richebourg tannins keep everything in check. Higher-toned notes develop in the glass, balancing some of the wine’s more virile tendencies. The 2009 remains a bit of a brute and definitely needs further bottle age. This is going to be a fascinating wine to follow. Apr 2012,, Drink: 2019-2034

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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