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Bottle Size: 750ml
Rating: BURGHOUND 89-92, VINOUS 87-89
The 2017 Vosne-Romanee Clos des Reas 1er Cru, Michel Gros's monopole, was matured in 50% new oak. It has a floral bouquet of mainly black fruit with veins of blue, all infused with iris and violet. The dense palate is quite structured on the entry, showing a veneer of dark chocolate and a touch of spearmint toward the grippy finish.
Michel Gros estate located in Vosne-Romanee, in the heart of the Côte de Nuits, finds its origins in 1830 when the first member of the GROS family settled there and founded his estate.
The following generations have continued to develop the estate’s plot, which currently covers an area of 23 hectares.
The flagship of the estate is Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru ‘Clos des Reas’, which has been operated as a monopoly by the GROS family since its acquisition in 1860.
Today, Pierre GROS (Domaine Michel GROS), 7th generation of this dynasty of winegrowers, continues and develops with the support of his father, Michel, the work undertaken by their ancestors.
Passionate but also very rigorous, Pierre takes constant care in the development of his wines, mastering all stages of production, from the vines to bottling.
A world of work, high standards, sharing and passion to discovery …
A vintage noted for the early return of springtime warmth, followed by a hot and sunny summer that was to extend well beyond harvest time.
Winemakers trembled with fear on 27th and 29th April. Temperatures forecast to be below 0°C in the early morning led to fears of reliving the frost havoc of the previous year. The mobilization of the whole Côte to light straw bale fires allowed damage to be avoided.
The exceptionally lovely month of June engendered perfect vine flowering and rapid swelling of grape bunches, promising a generous crop. July and August were also very favorable. Some light rainfall at end August was most welcome in countering the very dry period and accelerating ripening. Despite short pruning in springtime, the domain carried out green harvesting during the summer, so as to limit production, particularly in the vine parcels frost damaged in 2016.
Vintage quality: Good
Current condition: Ready to drink, will keep
For Burgundy, the 2017 vintage was generally very good.
The 2016 growing season was widely considered to be awful and, by 2017, the vines were still in a state of recovery.
The winter was cool and dry and – despite a particularly cold turn in January – without snowfall. By February and March, temperatures rose significantly prompting an early budburst. The warm weather continued to inspire rapid new vine growth, however the idyllic conditions were not to last. Late April saw a sharp drop in temperatures, which brought significant frost damage to both Chablis and the Côte d'Or. However, the previous year's devastating frosts had significantly prepared producers and more preventative measures were already in place to minimize damage. Luckily, temperatures never sank low enough for frost to fully manifest and a bullet was, thankfully, dodged.
They began harvesting on 9th September on the Côte. Ten days later, the whole crop had been brought in as ripeness was progressing quickly. The wines reflect this very well-achieved ripeness, with silky tannins and moderate acidity levels that occasionally needed lifting during vinification. The excellent healthiness of grapes made sorting almost meaningless and translated into vibrant, deep colors, as well as great purity of aromas.
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