2010 is what Burgundy is all about – fragrance, elegance and depth of flavour.
We rate this as a must buy vintage for any Burgundy lover – In contrast to the super ripe 2009s, this is a more classic year that produced exquisitely refined, profound wines. It is also a better candidate for laying down.
A smaller crop than usual means there’s less to go round, and consequently most producers have raised their prices, but we’ve found a couple who not only made some cracking wines but also barely increased prices for their 2010s.
François Parent and Anne-Françoise Gros are a husband and wife team controlling two domains that produce contrasting styles of wines. A-F Gros’ wines are delicate elegant, supple and ethereal with clean fruit and fine poise while the Parent wines are fuller, firmer and a touch more meaty. Francois Parent makes both sets of wines.
The wines of Anne-Françoise Gros and François Parent combine excellent quality across the board and offer good value for money in a vintage that has seen some steep price increases from other quality producers.
Domaine A F Gros
As is the way in France, and Burgundy in particular, inheritances can be tricky affairs, even more so when all the family want to be involved in the business. There are several strands of the Gros family making highly sought after wines in Burgundy and it would take a full episode of the BBC’s “Who do You Think You Are?” to fully understand the family tree. In the case of the Gros family of Vosne-Romanée there are at least 4 separate producers called Gros, all closely related but independent businesses.
Anne-Françoise is the daughter of Jean and Jeanine Gros, her parents planned the handover of the family vineyards to their 3 children Anne-Francoise, Michel and Bernard gradually handing over their holdings before their retirement in 1996. Anne-Françoise Gros received her third in 1988, since then she has added vineyards in Flagey-Échezeaux, and married François Parent, also a vineyard owner in Pommard, it is François who makes the wines for both domaines today.
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Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Domaine A-F Gros 2010 (91-92+/100)
The wine has a vibrant medium to pale ruby colour, with perfumed red soft fruits and slightly smoky aromas on the nose. The palate is ethereal – it has light to mid weight with sweet red fruit flavours and a lovely soft supple texture. The wine manages to be both mouth-wateringly fresh and possess surprising richness. There is a delightful balance between the wine’s alcohol, fruit and fresh acidity. There is a long clean finish. This wine sets the tone superbly for the whole A–F Gros range.
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Vosne-Romanée Aux Maizières 2010, Domaine A-F Gros 2010 (93-94/100)
Delicious and ethereal from the outset with fine aromas, fresh acidity, balanced alcohol, lovely depth and superb balance.
This village appellation vineyard is located at the foot of the Grands-Echezeaux, close to Clos-Vougeot.
Vosne Romanée, Clos de La Fontaine, Domaine A-F Gros 2010 (94-95/100)
This is a typical Vosne Romanée, combining richness with suppleness, power and elegance. Ripe, juicy red fruits on the palate and supple, fine tannins are given a bite by leafy notes on the finish. The wine has lovely poise, its acidity is fresh and the alcohol in balance with the mid weight fruit. The finish has good length and definition.
A family monopole of 0.35 ha (0.86 acres) this vineyard is wholely owned by Anne-Françoise Gros
Vosne-Romanée Aux Réas, Domaine A-F Gros 2010 (95-96/100)
A restrained red fruit nose leads to a palate of divine, supple, silky-soft tannins, vibrant red fruit flavours and mouth-watering freshness that lingers superbly on a long finish. This wine has effortless poise.
This vineyard is an extension of the Clos des Réas (a 1er Cru and Gros family Monopole) at the foot of Nuits-Saint-Georges.
Chambolle Musigny, Domaine A-F Gros 2010 (95-96/100)
Lovely fresh red fruits aromas have a pleasant, lifted green note. The palate is delicious, a typical Chambolle Musigny with delicate red fruit flavours, superbly fine rounded tannins, lovely balance and good intensity and length. The finish has surprisingly good grip.
From a total of 0.39 hectares of vines from several tiny parcels in several climats: Frémières, Le Pas de Chat, Derrière le Four, Les Athets, but always fermented in the same vat.
Echezeaux Grand Cru, Domaine A-F Gros 2010 (94-96/100)
The ripe fruit aromas have a lovely fresh leafy edge. The palate has a nice concentration of fine tannins that are initially supple, but give good grip at the finish tannins and ripe red fruit flavours. The palate has a mouth-watering freshness at first that then gives way to an attractive richness, ripeness and warmth on the long finish.
From a 0.26 hectare parcel of vines planted in 1931 in the climat Champs-Traversins at the top of the slope above the vines of the DRC.
Richebourg Grand Cru, Domaine A-F Gros 2010 (94-96+/100)
Notes of leather and cocoa combine with intense, ripe red fruits on a wonderfully complex nose. The wine displays lovely freshness, fine tannins and extremely ripe red-fruit notes that are quite hight toned. For all its richness the wine is the only one of the line-up to seem slightly closed at present. The alcohol is in balance with the fruit and the finish is long and harmonious, but this clearly has much more to offer as it matures.
The holding now totals 0.6 hectares after it was combined with the vines that formerly belonged to Michel Gros, which were exchanged with vines in the Vosne 1er Clos de Réas, now a family monopole of Domaine Michel Gros. The Richebourg vines have been replanted 3 times over the years and they are now 15, 25 and 70 years of age
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Beaune Premier Cru Les Boucherottes, Domaine A-F Gros 2010 (93/100)
The nose adds cocoa and chocolate aromas to the vibrant aromas of soft red fruits typical of A-F Gros wines. The palate is silky smooth at first then gains bite at the finish. The fine yet firm tannins surround a core of deep rich red fruits. The alcohol is balanced to warm and the finish is very long.
Pommard Premier Cru Les Pézerolles, Domaine A-F Gros 2010 (92-93/100)Hints of smoky bacon enrich the delicate red fruits on the nose. The plate displays lovely sweet ripe, supple soft red fruit character that finishes with good grip from lovely fine tannins. There is a good weight of fruit on the fresh finish which persists well.
Pommard Premier Cru ‘Les Arvelets’ 2010 – Domaine François Parent 2010 (93-94/100)
The nose has lovely fresh, sweet, soft red-fruit aromas. The mid-weight palate has a good concentration of red fruit flavours. The flavours last well and the finish combines fresh acidity, a touch of alcohol warmth and some quite firm tannins.
A south-west facing vineyard in the more sheltered La Petite Combe, the sun reaches the vines mid to late morning.
Pommard Premier Cru Les Epenots, Domaine François Parent 2010 (93-94/100)
Lovely, fresh, sweet red-fruit aromas on the nose. The mid-weight palate is fuller than the Gros wines and displays concentrated, ripe-fruit flavours. The wine has fresh acidity and lasts well with some good grip on the finish. There is a little alcohol warmth on the finish, which lasts well.
This is a pre shipment offer, we will ship these wines in June 2012.
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|inc VAT||inc VAT|
|Bourgogne Pinot Noir, Anne-Françoise Gros||£218.05||£18.17|
|Vosne Romanée Aux Maizières, Anne-Françoise Gros||£434.05||£36.17|
|Vosne Romanée Clos de la Fontaine, Anne-Françoise Gros||£434.05||£36.17|
|Vosne Romanée Aux Réas, Anne-Françoise Gros||£434.05||£36.17|
|Chambolle Musigny, Anne-Françoise Gros||£434.05||£36.17|
|Echezeaux Grand Cru, Anne-Françoise Gros– Limited stock||£1,034.05||£86.17|
|Richebourg Grand Cru, Anne-Françoise Gros – Limited stock||£2,270.05||£189.17|
|Beaune Premier Cru’Les Boucherottes’, Anne-Françoise Gros||£434.05||£36.17|
|Pommard Premier Cru ‘Les Pézerolles’, Anne-Françoise Gros||£554.05||£46.17|
|Pommard Premier Cru ‘Les Arvelets’ – François Parent||£554.05||£46.17|
|Pommard Premier Cru ‘Les Epenots’ – François Parent – Limited stock||£962.05||£80.17|
This is a pre shipment offer, we will ship these wines in June 2012.
Wines offered while stocks last at the domaines.
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