2015 Domaine Michel Gros Vosne-Romanee Clos des Reas 1er Cru Monopole

Year: 2015
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Spectator: 94
Wine Advocate: 89-91
Burghound: 90-93
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.0%
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"A smoky cast to the cherry and spice flavors and a hint of vegetal notes mark this rich red. Firm and long, with a lingering echo of smoke and spice on the finish. Best from 2023 through 2045. 750 cases made. -BS " (WS)

"The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Clos des Réas, matured in 60% new oak, has slightly more fruité on the nose compared to the Aux Brûlées at the moment and that means it supports the new oak better, comes across better balanced. The palate is medium-bodied with a little chewiness and sinew on the entry. There is good body here, quite a dense Clos des Réas, albeit with a lot of new oak driving the finish home in lieu of precision or mineralité. Like the Aux Brûlées, I will cross my fingers and hope that the oak will be assimilated with requisite bottle age. We will see.

"The dryness was the most important thing - very small rainfall during the winter," Michel Gros told me when I visited his winery in Vosne-Romanée. "Flowering passed normally but the dryness created a small harvest. July was warm, August and September 1°C higher than normal with a lot of sunshine hours. The harvest began on 5 September and we picked within 4 days, before tackling the Hautes Côtes de Nuits on 12 September where we harvested in between the rains showers around that time. The berries were ripe but small. It is a vintage not unlike 2005 and 2010, but the tannins are suppler than in 2005. I fermented at a temperature a little lower than usual, the cuvaison 12-14 days with a prefermentation cold-maceration. Everything was de-stemmed as usual and the wines will spend around 18 months in barrel, though because of the small harvest the percent of new oak is little higher, 40-45% for the village, 60-65% for the premier crus." Michel has a particular modus operandi that sometimes I think works well and other times leaves me feeling a bit perplexed. There were several occasions here where I felt that the winemaking approach was speaking louder than the growing season and/or terroir expression. However, there are some lovely wines, especially the Nuits Saint-Georges les Chaliots that punches above its weight for a premier cru, and the Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru itself." (WA)

"A ripe yet attractively fresh nose combines notes of red currant, spice, herbal tea and a hint of dark pinot liqueur. The vibrant medium weight flavors possess a finer mouth feel if less minerality and muscle, all wrapped in a sleek, delicious, focused and beautifully well-balanced finale. This will probably be accessible on the younger side as most vintages of Clos des Réas generally are." (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.