Grape(s): Grenache, Syrah, Carignan
Localization: Minervois, Languedoc, France
Tasting notes: Aromas of blackberries, crushed stones, wild garrigue. Medium-bodied, suave; flavors of black cherries and plums.
Food Pairing: It underlines everything and yet takes second place with cold meats, tapas, weekday
hamburgers; any Mediterranean-inspired outdoor meal, red meat grilled or in sauces.
The Domain: Daughter of François Gros, Anne arrived in the Vosne-Romanée family estate to assist her father. Then she continues alone since 1995. Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot, 2 Burgundy winemakers, are combining their knowledge in different beautiful terroirs in Cazelles in Minervois.
The history of the GROS family in Vosne-Romanée dates back to the early 19th century. There are today essentially four separate Gros Domaines, all related to each other: GROS Frère et Sœur, Anne GROS, Anne Francoise GROS and Michel GROS.
Daughter of Francois Gros, “the lady” of Burgundy, Anne has been in charge since 1988. Anne GROS is probably the most respected female winemaker of Burgundy along with Lalou Bize Leroy. As an only child, she inherited all of her father’s three hectares of prime Côte d’Or vineyard land around Vosne-Romanée at the age of 22. Drove by her passion for wine she stopped her Art studies to follow enology courses in Beaune and Dijon she also broadened her views and her winemaking knowledge by working in Australia, at Rosemount estate. When she took back she entirely committed herself to the family estate and made impressive changes to the overall management of the vineyards.
Starting from 1990 all of the wines were estate bottled and in 1995 the name changed from Anne & Francois Gros to Anne Gros. As a very bold winemaker, she also expanded to Minervois in Languedoc with her husband Jean-Paul Tollot, and they are making impressive Minervois “Burgundy style” since 2008.
Anne is now famous for her Richebourg Grand Cru, Echezeaux, Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru that she turned 100% organic many years ago. Her 90 years old vines of Clos de Vougeot are located in the Grand Maupertuis part of the Clos (for many considered to be the best terroir in the Clos, just next door to the Echezeaux). Even her village vineyards are rivaling with premier Crus. Vines are on average around 50 to 60 years old.