Le Grand Maupertui
This wine may be characterised by its impressive fullness. Its power, sometimes a bit austere and monolithic, is tempered by ripe tannins. Its weight moves across the tongue with lots of harmony and fullness, even a certain elegance underneath its romanesque character.
Velvet purple colour, it is the archetype of beautiful Pinot Noir. Pronounced aromas of black fruit (ripe cherry, plum and black current…) as well as spice (pepper, cloves, nutmeg…). A candied element develops as it ages, in addition to complex secondary aromas associated with meaty nuances.
Possibilities for food pairing tend to lean toward richer dishes: roasted red meat with berries or fruit, red meat in sauce, game with sorrel…red currant jam, mild cheeses or nothing at all.
This wine has excellent ageing potential. Nevertheless, according to our believes about great wines, it is often possible to drink the wine while still young when the tannin and structure are at the forefront, essential qualities for balancing a great wine.
Le Grand Maupertui
This 0.93 ha single block parcel was bequeathed by Louis Gros to his son François. It was planted in 1905. In reality, the regularity of replanting makes the average age of the parcel 50 years old.
It is situated just underneath Grands Echezeaux in the locality of “le Grand Maupertui”. We have revived the name of the locality given by the Citeaux monks and featured it on the label.
The etymology may come from “millepertuis”, a plant with yellow flowers used for its dermatology properties or, probably more likely, from “pertus”, which means “well” in Latin. Not that there was thought to be a well on this site, instead it refers to a gentle hollow in the landscape situated in the large breadth of the anticlinal valley of the Combe d’Orveau.
The latter hypothesis is more likely as there is another locality called “Petit Maupertui”. It is reinforced by a levy carried out in Clos Vougeot by the GEST (Organization of study and sustainment of terroirs). Here one observes the presence of deep clayey soil, with variable soil grain before reaching the larger rocks in comparison with other areas of the Clos.
The parcel slopes slightly offering excellent natural drainage and the surrounding wall of Clos Vougeot protects it from slow yet inevitable erosion. This gives us approximately 1,50 m at various levels between the road which joins Vosne with Château du Clos Vougeot.
Petits échos du millésime 2015 : par “The Wine Advocate”
“The 2015 Clos Vougeot le Grand Maupertui has a distinctly more floral bouquet than many others than I tasted from barrel, iris and crushed violet petals infusing the black cherry and blueberry fruit. I admire the precision and terroir expression here. The palate is medium-bodied with supple, ripe, red and black fruit, a hint of mulberry and white pepper developing in the glass. It has a grainy texture, firm structure and natural balance and poise on the sustained finish. Persistent in the mouth, this is an excellent Clos Vougeot from Anne Gros.”
Drink Date 2019 – 2038
note : (93-95)
Petits échos du millésime 2016 : par « The Fine Wine Review »
“The wine has intense black raspberry aromas characteristic of Clos-Vougot. The mouth is dense, creamy, fresh, and long with black raspberry fruit; it is an excellent Clos-Vougeot. Appellation limits allow 18 barrels, but in 2016 there were only 7 (2100 bottles) made here.”
“Another stunning, muscular wine that combines flinty, dry flavors with bright, ripe fruit, includind blackcurrants and roasted blackberries. More austere than the Echezeaux, this powerhouse Pinot Noir will likely need 20 years of aging. Truly superb expression of the vineyard’s old vines. Highly recommend.”
note : (93-96)
Petits échos du millésime 2017 : par « The Fine Wine Review »
“The Clos-Vougeot shows red fruits of the vintage, density, finesse, and some tannin. There’s good length and more concentration than for the Echézeaux. 2016, with the frost, at produced just 7 barrels, in 2017 there are 18. Average vine age is 81 years.”
note : (92-95)