Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Domaine Anne GROS -- 2013s from Cask

Domaine Anne GROS (Vosne-Romanée)

2013s  from Cask
Quantities here are about the same as in 2012. Harvesting began on October 7 with the Echézeaux and the Clos-Vougeot; it did not finish until October 22 on the Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits. Malolactic fermentations started in December and most finished March. There were problems in the Hautes Côtes with birds eating the grapes and there was quite a bit of sorting to do. The view at the domaine is that this is not a long-keeping vintage, and I have no reason to disagree.

2013 Bourgogne-Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits blanc  cuvée Marine
This wine is pure and precise, but a bit fat and simple. (84-87)

2013 Bourgogne-Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits rouge
The red is notable for its pretty, pure, fresh red fruits. Nothing profound here, but it is what you’d hope for and expect from the appellation. (85-88)

2013 Bourgogne  Pinot Noir
The Bourgogne shows more breadth and smoothness than the Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits, and I imagine it will be more immediately appealing. This wine comes from vines that are more than fifty years old. (85-89)

2013 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru – Les Damodes
This is a negociant wine made from bought-in grapes. Damodes is on the border with Vosne-Romanée, up slope from Boudots. The nose and mouth are pure with mineral red fruits, and the wine is light, precise, and spicy – a good product here. (90-93)

2013 Echézeaux, Les Loachaussées
This was the first plot that the estate harvested – on October 7. The wine is denser and a bit darker than the Damodes, it shows some spiciness, and good structure for the vintage. The vines here are about 40 years old. (90-94)

2013 Clos-Vougeot, Le Grand Maupertui
The grapes here were also harvested on October 7. The wine is tender and smooth with good depth and length for its mostly-dark fruit. (91-94)

2013 Richebourg
The Richebourg is full and rich with red fruits, especially cranberries, and some spiciness. The wine is smooth and long and should make a very good Richebourg. (93-96)