My son Paul after an experiment in our Minervois estate came back in Burgundy to help us.
2018 vintage confirms a unique feeling of satisfaction ! Very watered vines in May and June, a splendid summer and sunny harvest conditions gave us very healthy grapes, beautiful, well-balanced juices. Wines are very pleasant and made us happy at every step of their cellar life.
Red wines have pretty purple colours, captivating black fruit aromas with a very harmonious substance and a brilliant finish. The Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge and Chambolle Musigny are particularly flattering and can therefore be tasted fairly early.
White wines are charming and retained a good freshness with a saline side. The aromas may evolute rather quickly so we advise you to drink them on the two years.
From our trading activity we have :
A ripe Bourgogne Aligoté full of charm with a lemony finesse for sunny terraces and lunches on the grass.
A Bourgogne Blanc (vegan certified) with floral and yellow peach notes to accompany vegetables and raw vegetables, Asian cook and curries.
A vinous Crémant Brut : La Fun en Bulles from an elegant blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Aligoté which by its finesse and velvety texture matches remarkably well with all savory dishes. To enjoy in wine glasses to discover its beautiful floral aromas, its brioche, lemon and chalky notes !
The Fine Wine Review
2018 was the larges harvest in Anne Gros’ career. Harvesting began on 4 September. No sorting of the grapes was necessary. As usual, all grapes were destemmed.
2018 Hautes Côtes de Nuits Cuvée Marine : Over the years, as the vines (now 20 years-old) have been maturing, the wines from this vineyard have been becoming increasingly attractive, showing what the Hautes Côtes can do in white. The nose has stony Chardonnay aromas. The mouth is medium-weight with attractive acidity, and quite a bit of minerality and steeliness. (89-91)
2018 Bourgogne Blanc : This wine is broader and creamier than the Bourgogne-Hautes Côtes de Nuits, and it features lemony fruit. About 1/3 of the vines are 50 years-old, the rest are three years-old. Clay-limestone soils. (87-89)
2018 Hautes Côtes de Nuits rouge : This wine is mineral with hot vintage dark fruits in the nose and mouth. It is medium-weight with a creamy texture and adequate acidity. The vines are 20 years-old and in this vineyard, the drought held back the yield. (85-87)
2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir : The Bourgogne has an attractive, perfumed nose featuring violets. The mouth is smooth and round with violets, medium-weight, and good density. (87-89)
2018 Chambolle-Musigny Combe d’Orveau : With lavender aromas and a medium-full body that features ripe red and dark fruits, this is an atypical wine for Chambolle for its ripeness and fullness. Nevertheless, it is attractive. The lavender reappears on the finish and there is very good length here. About 13º alcohol. (88-90)
2018 Vosne-Romanée Les Barreaux : Les Barreaux is situated just above Richebourg and Cros Parantoux, so it is at altitude, but in a hot year such as 2018, that can be an advantage. The wine shows very attractive spiced red fruit aromas. The mouth is dense, pure, and focused with dark fruits, penetration, freshness, spices, and structure. (90-93)
2018 Echezeaux Les Loachausses : The nose shows some spicy fruits, but not the precision of a still better wine. The mouth is impressive with dense, spicy, sensual dark fruits and minerality. The wine has a velvet texture and good complexity and there’s some tannin on the finish. (92-94)
2018 Clos-Vougeot Le Grand Maupertui : The nose here features typical spicy black raspberry aromas. The mouth shows deep black raspberry fruit with density but also overall finesse for Clos-Vougeot. Good length here. (93-95)
2018 Richebourg : Last, the Richebourg shows great complexity with spice, leather, blackberries, and red and black raspberries. There’s great freshness here and the exoticism of Richebourg. This is a very fine vintage for Richebourg. (94-97)