Anne’s vintages comments

Here are a few comments on our 2003 vintage:

A mild spring, followed by a hot spell provided pleasant working conditions. The soil was friable and clean. Small bouts of frost somewhat reduced our harvest potential at the end of April. However, our greatest worry was the ever-prevailing water shortage for our young shoots which had just been planted out.

Flowering occurred rapidly, but steadily until the 8th June, thus setting the harvest for the 6th September – a good omen for an early harvest.

The few cases of rainfall bore no impact on the sanitary conditions of the vine. Therefore, we halted the treatments on the 10th July.

Under the pressure of the intense heat that ensued as well as the increasingly worrying drought, there was acceleration of maturation.

On the 15th August, I took stock of the situation and decided to harvest on the 25th. I just had the time to organise things and everything went very smoothly. The grape picking was completed in just 4 days, starting early in the morning and finishing at 1 pm.

It was at this stage when I became aware of my miscalculation in volumes of juice… It was worse than I had predicted. Yield of the parcels was very irregular (between 17hl/ha for the Vosne and 42hl/ha for the Hautes Côtes blanc).

Taking the upmost care, vinification went well.

The white wines are fatty, very rich and even creamy – but probably lack liveliness. There is not a lot of potential for keeping, but was roundness!

The red wines are tannic, colourful, ample and hold their own. A short vatting time enabled the wines to maintain their elegance. The aromas are spicy and very defined by the black berries. In certain wines, there are hints of mocha and torrefection. Could this be the signature of the vintage ?

Journalists’s comments

Richebourg Grand Cru 2003 :

Le Journal des finances magazine – Mai 2005 :
Robe : Rouge rubis moyennement soutenu. Profonde et brillante
Nez : Epices douces, chocolat, fruité rouge très mûr, violette, et nuances torréfiées.
Bouche : Attaque veloutée. Fruits mûrs éclatant en bouche et tanins friands, fins et précis.
Garde : ouvrir dès 2010, mais parti pour battre des records. Casser pour tout reconstruire
Anne Gros est une femme de caractère. Elle a débuté ses premières vinifications en collaboration avec son père, François, puis elle a gagné son autonomie en 1995. Dix ans de travail acharné et de remise en question permanente ont fait d’elle une référence incontournable de Vosne-Romanée. Elle cultive un style d’un classicisme sans faille. Son travail sans rafle et un élevage en bois neuf (jusqu’à 80% sur les grands crus) donnent au final des vins complexes et harmonieux, bâtis pour très longues gardes.

The wine advocate – Août 2005 :
Produced from a parcel located in the upper, rockier section of its grand cru, the dark-colored 2003 Richebourg explodes from the glass with myriad spices and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, muscular (yet rafined), and boasting a luxurious velvety texture, it exhibits red cherries, candied blackberries, and cassis as well as untold quantities of spices. Its palate-staining, mouth-coating personality is packed with both fleshy fruit as well as structure-giving tannin. Anticipated maturity: 2009-2022+.

Clive Coates  – Février 2012: fullish colour. Full, rich luscious nose. Very ripe. Most attractive. Even more seductive and opulent than the wine above. Full body. Very good grip. Very lovely. Not a bit like an average 2003 because no lack of class. And long and complex. Delicious.

Bourgogne Aujourd’hui  Août/Sept. 2012 : arômes riches et complexes, de fleurs, de fruits noirs confits, d’épices douces, de tabac…En bouche, le vin offre toute la richesse, la gourmandise, la douceur que l’on attend d’un 2003. Il caresse le palais avec force, mais aussi beaucoup de délicatesse, de subtilité.  17,5

Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, Grand Maupertui 2003 :

La Revue du Vin de France – Novembre 2005 :
En vendangeant très rapidement dès le 25 Août et en pratiquant des cuvaisons courtes, Anne Gros a produit un superbe millésime 2003. Dense et racé, le clos-vougeot est promis à une longue garde.Une frange pourpre souligne la robe rubis. Le nez développe sans ambages framboise et cerise, puis la violette. La réglisse, le cacao, les notes d’épices et de torréfaction restent discrètes. Puissante, certes, mais équilibrée, lam atière dense bénéficie d’une juste vivacité et de tanins au grain velouté qui soutiennent une finale longue, faite de réglisse et de framaboise, de minéral et d’épices fines, complétés par cette inimitable touche chocolatée qui signe les meilleurs Clos Vougeot. La grâce même

The wine advocate – Août 2005 :
A hint of reduction could be found in the otherwise delightful aromatics of the 2003 Clos Vougeot, le Grand Maupertui. Its scents of blackberries, black cherries, plums, licorice, and tar lead to an intense character. Its powerful, deep core is crammed with sappy dark berries as well as monstrous levels of ripe yet solid tannin. Projected maturity: 2010-2020.

Clive Coates   – Février 2012 : fullish colour, but not exaggeratedly so. Rich, cooked nose. Ripe and fat and succulent. Fullish body. Very good acidity for a 2003. Long and seductive. Still Youthful. Ready but will last well.

Bourgogne Aujourd’hui  – Août/Sept. 2012 : au premier abord, le Clos a un côté un peu “brutal” en 2003, avec sa robe noire, ses arômes de cerise amarena, de confiture, de cacao et sa bouche veloutée, gourmande, presque sucrée. A l’aération, le vin retrouve un caractère plus civilisé, une touche minérale, son identité bourguignonne. Beau potentiel de garde !  16,5

Bourgogne rouge 2003

Bourgogne Aujourd’hui 65 – Septembre 2005 :
Le domaine déjà très connu des amateurs de la côte de Nuits nous livre ici une cuvée dans l’esprit des autres vins du domaine, richesse et harmonie.
Nez sur la réserve sur des touches de framboises et de grillées. Le vin est rond, est soyeux en bouche, avec une finale encore fermée. Il a besoin de vieillir quelques années.

The wine advocate – Août 2005 :
Produced from three parcels located in the commune of Nuits-St-Georges and Vosne-Romanée as well as in the Hautes Côtes, the 2003 Bourgogne reveals some reduction (this lack of oxygen will dissipate with cellaring). Its oily textured, medium-bodied personality is suave, rich, deep, and packed with aweat black fruits. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2011.

Hautes Côtes de Nuits cuvée Marine 2003

The wine advocate – Août 2005 :
Fashioned in 80% 500-liter barrels (half new, half 1 year old) and 20% stainless steel tanks, the 2003 Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Marine (white) reveals fresh minerals and spices. Medium-bodied and sensually textured, it beasts terrific toast, spice, apple, and near flavours in a surprisingly persistent, fleshy format. Drink it over the next 4 years.

Bourgogne route de Flagey 2003

The wine advocate – Août 2005 :
There are two barrels (one new, one 1 year old) of the 2003 Bourgogne Route de Flagey (white). Produced from 7 years old vines, it bursts from the glass with boisterous aromas of spicy pears, white pepper, and candied apples. Light to medium-bodied, it is focused, fresh, and filled with minerals as well as white fruits. Drink it over the next 3 years.

Chambolle-Musigny “La Combe d’Orveau” 2003 :

The wine advocate – Août 2005 :
Also tasted: 2003 Chambolle-Musigny Combe d’Orveaux, 2003 Vosne-Romanée Barreaux. Importer: A Peter Vezan Selection, Paris. Fax: #011-33-1-42-55-42-93

The fine wine review Number 109 – Janvier 2006 : We start with the red Bourgogne-Hautes Côtes de Nuits, from seven year-old vines. The nose is mineral and pure with lavender that continues on the palate. This is a delicious, pure Pinot for drinking young. (85-89).