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Born in 1966, Anne Gros is considered one of the best winemakers in Burgundy. She took over the domaine in 1988, and began domaine bottling since 1990. Clive Coates, MW, described Anne Gros as “Quietly confident, she has a sure, perfectionist touch, and the results are wines of great refinement, intensity, purity and depth of character.”

Anne comes from a historic and influential winemaker family, with their first domaine dated back to 1831. It was her grandfather’s domaine, Domaine Louis Gros that marked the Gros’s family name in Burgundy history. Since then, the family domaine had been passed on to next generations, and that’s why you see several “Gros” domaines in the wine market, including Domaine Anne Gros, Domaine Michel Gros, Domaine A-F Gros and Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur. They are all cousins, with the talent and training to make exceptional wines.

If you plan a trip to visit Burgundy, I would highly, highly recommend you to stay at Anne’s guest house.  

It is situated in the heart of Burgundy, Vonse-Romanee. It is a cozy and very comfortable family house, with a fully equipped kitchen (and wine fridge full of her wines!) Her house is filled with interesting artifacts and decoration, and each room has its own special color theme. And we loved her breakfast! Fresh bread is delivered each morning to the guest house and we had the luxury of tasting the most wonderfully, hand-made fruit jam by Anne’s mother. A family can rent the entire guest house and have your own Burgundy wine-and-dine experience.

  

Given its proximity to the rest of star domaines in Burgundy, we also used it as a base and visited other star domaines including Mongeard-Mugneret, Michel Gros and Meo-Camuzet in Vosne. Her cellar is different from the rest that we have been to in Burgundy. It's design is relatively modern with warm lighting, and decorated with fossilized seashells to reflect the origin and characteristics of the terrior. We of course were lucky enough to have tried several of her wines from the barrel. After our visit to her cellar, her super-friendly apprentice, Elodie, led us for a walking tour in Vosne-Romanee, passing by all the nearby major vineyards in Vosne. Just like any other tourists, we of course took a photo with the “cross” of DRC.

 

The wine we are currently featuring from Anne is her Clos de Vougeot “Le Grand Maupertui” Grand Cru 2000. The vineyard enjoys one of the best location in Clos de Vougeot, situated adjacent to Les Grands Echezeaux. The wine brings out rich and complex aroma and flavor, with a satisfying long finish, with vines at 50-year-old on average.

 

The label… looks different some would notice. That’s right! Anne introduced her own distinctive blue label in 2001. The bottle of 2000 was the last vintage with this former label design. I do think the new label matches with Anne’s style better.

There’s only so much we can write about a wine. You won’t be able to experience it until you look, smell, and drink it!

Written by Wine Monopole — May 27, 2013

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