In the renowned village of Vosne-Romanée the many strands of the Gros family stands proud and Michel Gros has the great fortune to own the renowned Clos de Réas. This village really is a who's who of Burgundy royalty. As you enter the village Jean-Yves Bizot's house is to the right and as your turn left you pass by Michel Gros' house, Anne Gros' house and then Madame Leroy's house. A stone’s throw away from the hallowed soils of Domaine Romanée-Conti - this sleepy little village is a go-to for Burgundy aficionados. Michel has made an exceptional reputation for himself. The mantle is now being passed on to the next generation. His son Pierre is thoughtful and determined to continue the family’s reputation of quality forward. They have embarked on several new projects all of which are very exciting and with parcels set to return to the family soon, we will await more jewels. Whilst the wines are fabulously perfumed on the nose they also have a wonderful muscular side to them too. Particular mention should be given to their 7 hectare parcel of “Fontaine St Martin”- which has the same soil and subsoil as the top part of the hill of Corton – and gives wines of incredible purity and class. Nuits St Georges comes from 4 parcels on the Vosne side and is softer and open-knit, whilst Nuits “Chaliots” is on the Premeaux side and has more depth and structure. Clos des Réas, his flagship wine and a 2 hectare family owned ‘monopole’ since 1860, is magnificent.
A review of the 2019 viintage from Pierre and Michel GROS:
"2019 is a vintage marked by a cool spring, then a hot, dry summer, so harvesting was at a normal date but with exceptional maturity and concentration. We began harvesting on 17th September on the ‘Côte’ and ended on 27th September in the Hautes-Côtes. As in 2018, the state of health of grapes was absolutely perfect, sorting virtually unnecessary. Unfortunately, quantities picked in 2019 on the Côte de Nuits are lower by about a third than those of 2018, due to the delicate vine-flowering period and the lack of rain during the summer."
"The year 2019 marks the 160th vintage of the Clos des Réas since the purchase by the GROS family in 1860. The Clos des Réas then became the flagship of the GROS estate, and won several awards, including the gold medal of the 1867 Universal Exhibition, which was then proudly added to the label. This label from 1867 has been reissued for the 2019 vintage."
"Worth Seeking Out" Neal Martin, Vinous
"The exceptional maturity and perfect healthiness allowed us to produce wines that are at the same time rich, pure and concentrated, but also with remarkable freshness and balance." Pierre and Michel Gros
"In summary, 2019 is in the same line of vintages as 2015 and 2018, a vintage of well-accomplished maturity giving dazzling wines, with well-rounded tannins and exceptional concentration." Pierre and Michel Gros
"Michel's wines are supremely elegant and age remarkably well" Jasper Morris, MW