2014 Domaine Michel Gros Bourgogne Rouge

Year: 2014
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 84-85
Burghound: 85-87
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
Price :

"The 2014 Bourgogne Rouge, raised in wood for 12 months, has a light, woody nose at the moment, though I think the red fruit will surface after racking. The palate is smooth on the entry with light tannin, tart cherry fruit and an uncomplicated, easy going finish.

It is always a pleasure to visit Michel Gros, whose domaine nestles alongside various branches of the Gros family (actually next door to Lamarche). Perhaps the big news was that he introduced two cuvées of his Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge, having finally acquired the final piece of the jigsaw of the lieu-dit Fontaine Saint Martin seven years ago -- a piece that necessitated replanting. This formed a monopole, which Michel now bottles separately, though both the regular bottling and this come recommended in 2014. His wines had been racked just before the 2015 harvest and he told me that the malolactics were late, a couple still not finished.

"Spring was dry and warm," Michel told me as I tasted through his wines up in his office. "The summer was warm and cold, and in July and August it was one or two degrees below normal. The suzukii appeared two or three weeks before the harvest that started on September 15 and finished around September 28 in the Hautes Côtes de Nuits. That was the main problem of the vintage. I did a rigorous sorting on a table de trie, but it is difficult because you can't see it, you can smell it and you have to open the bunches. The good thing is that the alcohol fermentation can reverse the bacterial acetic affect. It was a big stress, it was very worrying." (WA)

"Heavy reduction blocks an assessment of the nose. Otherwise there is good vibrancy to the delicious, round and detailed flavors that finish with a touch of tang that I suspect is more gas related than too much acidity. This should drink well almost immediately." (BH)

Winery Notes:
It was in 1830 that the GROS family set up in Vosne-Romanée. Today, Michel GROS, sixth generation of this dynasty of winemakers, continues and develops the work undertaken by his ancestors, as do his sister (Domaine AF Gros), his brother (Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur) and his cousin (Domaine Anne Gros). Passionate but also very rigorous, Michel GROS brings constant care to the development of his wines, by mastering all the stages of production, from vine through to bottling. Modest and unassuming, he expresses himself through his wines: generous, fine, elegant, of reliable and even quality.

Delicious red cherry aroma. Fresh and splashing red fruit on the palate. Pure, lively acidity. The acidity is fresh, but not at all hard. Lightly rounded. Sweet fruit on the finish. Just nicely placed light tannins. Spot on Bourgogne.