A great vintage by turn of events !
After a rather late bud breaking due to a cold and long winter, sun alterned with clouds until flowering. The coolness provoked a lot of coulure and millerandage.
The July and August rains didn’t alter the juice balance and the grapes remained small, even tiny…
A beautiful September month allowed a good maturity and good picking conditions. Harvest lasted from September 19 to October 4 according to the evolution of each plot.
I have never seen so small and perfect grapes : a dream for quality of Pinot Noir but a nightmare for the coopers : average yields of 33 hl/ha…
Red wines are magnificent, straight, pur, sharp with deep and intense colour. White wines are precise, fruity and mineral.
In Minervois, there wasn’t any millerandage and few coulure but the production was also low (fell of 30%) because of the drought and our rigorous work. We harvested from September 10 to Septemnber 28 with a yield of… 33hl/ha ! The wines are also precise, sharp, chiselled and deep, I am very surprised by the similarities between the two regions.
John Saker mai 2013
Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2010 : Anne Gros is not only the star winemaker of her family, but also one of Burgundy’s best. This is a gorgeous expression with a lot going on : heady florals, a mix of red and black fruits, textural fleshiness, great fruit, lenght. As it evolves in the glass, a more gamey, savoury elements steps in.
Clive Coates février 2012
Clos Vougeot 2010 : medium-full colour. Very lovely, gently oaky fruit on the nose. Medium-full body. Concentrated, fullish and vigorous, with excellent grip. Classy tannins and very fine stylish fruit. Lots of depth and distinction. Minerally at the end. Very fine.
Richebourg 2010 : tather more concentrated and less together than the Clos Vougeot at present. A lot of depth here. Fullish. A little tight. Some tannin. Yet very ripe and with very good grip. A great deal of energy. More body and more dimension. Splendid finish. Excellent.
Decanter Novembre 2012
Vosne Romanée 2010
Stephen Brook : Anne Gros is fortunate enough to have some magnificent sites in Vosne, so this is a lesser star in her galaxy. But it was probably the best of a strong range of village Vosnes, with gorgeous aromas, super-ripe flavours, but plenty of vigour and acidity too. 18
Anthony Hanson : Grapes from this site need a fine autumn to ripen fully, as the hillside curls toward the north. This has beautiful, purple-garnet colour, shows back and red fruit character on the nose, then substantial fruit density, with lovely, fresh length. 18
Jasper Morris : This stood head and shoulders above all others in the village section- and had there been no premiers crus it would surely have been rated outstanding. The style of the bouquet is quintessentially Vosne Romanée, touching on the ethereal, and the fruit on the palate presented itself in seamless fashion. Beautifully done. 18,5
Opulent, oaky nose with sumptuous black cherry fruit. ot a heavy weight but the fruit dances accross the palate. the oak has been very well judged too. Bravo !
Clos Vougeot le Grand Maupertui 2010 : Here the wood treatment is not subtle but it’s not so much as to dominate the otherwise fresh and densely fruited nose of intensely earthy and deeply pitched dark and black berry fruit. The rich, intense and brooding broad-scaled flavors possess excellent mid-palate concentration and impressive power on the robust and clearly built-to-age finish. This is a big and very solidly structured yet beautifully complex and impeccably well balanced effot that will need plenty of patience. Note that for the moment the wood may put purists off somewhat so bear in mind that my rating implicity assumes that it will be more completely integrated in time . 93