Friday, December 18, 2015

Domaine Anne Gros (Vosne-Romanée) -- 2014s Tasted from Tank and Cask

Harvesting began on 15 September. Yields generally were better than for the previous few vintages, at 75% of normal. The vines in the Hautes Côtes gave good yields. There was a little bit of damage from hail, but the harvesting took place before the Asian fruit fly became a problem. Nevertheless, there was a little bit of acidic rot, and so a triple triage was used to eliminate the problematic grapes prior to the harvest: in the vineyards both before and at harvest, and again at the cellar when the grapes were delivered.  The goal in picking was for 12.5º for the regional wines, 13.0º for the village wines, and 13.5º for the grands crus, which resulted in a minor amount of chaptalization just to prolong the fermentations.

Malolactic fermentations began in December and finished in March and April. The wines were mostly in tank for December bottling when I visited in late October. As usual here, the reds are entirely destemmed.

The vintage is very good here, and as this was one of my first visits on the Côte de Nuits, it began to open my eyes to the potential there in 2014. (Continue reading here.)