1995

Anne’s Comments

We are happy to announce you our estate became Domaine Anne Gros.

The 1995 vintage started with a great winter softness until middle of March. Then April, May and June were sucessively cold and warm causing a millerandage somewhere important and reducing the yields. That gave us a guarantee of concentration.

At the end of June, summer was exceptionally hot promoting a good maturation. Beginning of September, it rained, which frightened us about a development of grey rot fortunately stopped by cool night temperatures.

Finally, a long period of cool weather set in middle of September, allowing us to pick healthy and riped grapes. The colour is intense, the tannins are persistents and melted, the fruitiness is rich and complex. Well balanced, 1995 vintage assures us a bright future and promises happy moments.

journalists’ Comments

Bourgogne rouge 1995 :

Wine spectator novembre 1997 : Kudos to this estate for a fresh , spicy cherry – and earth – flavored Bourgogne. Straightforward and tasty. Drink now through 2002. 625 cases made. 83

The Vine – Clive Coates – Mars 1997 : Very good colour. Slightly tight and raw on the nose. Fullish. Good tannin. This has lots of depht and is quite substantial. The finish is rich and fine. But it will need time. From 2001.

Chambolle-Musigny-La Combe d’Orveau 1995 :

The Vine – Clive Coates – Mars 1997 : Good colour. This again has plenty of depth and substance. But it also has a good fragrant Chambolle fruit and good grip. Good long finish. Very good. From 2003.

Vosne-Romanée 1995 :

The Wine Advocate – avril 1997 : Very dark-colored, the Vosne-Romanée Les Barreaux displays penetrating aromas of super-ripe black fruits and berries and a flavor profile packed with chewy, hyper-concentrated, floral blackberries and cassis. Deep and rich, readers should consider drinking this powerful wine between 2000-2007.

Wine spectator novembre 1997 : Gorgeous , seductive, packed with the purest of cassis, blackberry and raspberry flavors and just enough spicy oak to add complexity. Thick, full-bodied and highly concentrated, this wine has an incredible, silky smooth texture. Try after 2005. 125 cases made.

The Vine – Clive Coates – Mars 1997 : Fine colour. This is a very impressive example. Lovely rich profound nose. Full, tannic, concentrated and backward on the palate with splendid fruit on the follow-through. Long. Fine. From 2004.

Clos vougeot 1995 :

The Wine Advocate – avril 1997 : Even darker, aromatically, the fragrant Clos Vougeot explodes with highly-concentrated cassis and blueberries. In the inky, almost impenetrable mouth, abundant quantities of toasted dark fruits, oak and Asian spices can be found in this full-bodied hunk of a wine. Long and powerful, it will require considerable patience. Anticiped maturity : 2004-2014.

Wine spectator novembre 1997 : What the French call a sauvage wine, this will require years of cellaring before it’s tame enough to serve. But it’s serious red Burgundy, with deep, complex earth, violet, rose petal and blackberry aromas and flavors. Massively tannic on the palate and the finish. Try after 2005. 333 cases made.

TheVine – Clive Coates – Mars 1997 : Fine color. Backward concentrated nose. A super example. Very rich and old viney. Very fine with lots of ripe tannin. A wine of structure and depth. Fat, opulent. Very fine. From 2005.

Richebourg 1995 :

The vine – Clive Coates – juin 2004 : The first vintage with simply Anne Gros on the label. Very fine colour. Just a hint of maturity. Rich, full, very profound nose. A full bodied wine. Plenty of structure but not too solid or tannic. Full and youthful. Still quite a lot of tannin to be absorbed, more than the 1996. But it is rounder, fatter and richer as well. Yet not quite so elegant perhaps. Like the 1996 emphatically a wine for food. But not yet ready. 2008-2025. 18.5

The Wine Advocate – avril 1997 : Just as dark as the Clos Vougeot, but even more prodigiously concentrated, the Richebourg is among the blackest and inkiest (both in color and taste) Pinot Noirs I tasted. Exhibiting sweet Asian spices and grilled black fruits on the nose, this behemoth is a rich, chewy, rugged, silky-textured wine packed with super-ripe, highly-concentrated ripe berries. Possessing impressive depth and structure, this wine may well deserve a higher rating when it has had time to soften out. Drink 2005-2015+.

Wine spectator novembre 1997 : Seductive aromas and flavors of blackberries, toasted oak, grilled smoked meat and minerals pervade this wine. Fullbodied, thick and muscular, it coats your palate with fruit and firm tannins. Should be wonderful after 2005. 166 cases made. 90

The Vine – Clive Coates – Mars 1997 : Fine colour. Very backward. Very concentrated. This wine has a weight, an intensity and a quality rarely present in the Côte D’Or this year. Indisputably grand vin ! Marvellous fruit. The structure impeccable with very ripe tannins. Very very long. Very very elegant. From 2006.

The Vine – Clive Coates – N° 198 – Juillet 2001 : Very full colour. More substantial than the 1996. Bigger, more concentration, more power and less advanced than A.F. Gros’. Marvellous masculine, very classy fruit. Full body. Very good tannins. Marvellous concentration and intensity. Multidimensional. I don’t think 1995s can go much better than this. A great wine. 2009-2029. 20,0

Clive Coates  Février 2012 : Full colour. Just about mature. Rich, vigorous nose. Quite a backbone here. But rich and opulent. Not a trace of astringency. Just lots of energy and sumptuous fruit. Very lovely. very fine. Lots of life ahead of it.