Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur
An Atherton Wine Imports Direct Domaine
Bernard Gros replanted a large part of his holdings in the 1980s and it will be very exciting to see how good the wines become as the vineyards continue to mature.
For many years, Bernard Gros declassified his parcel of Echezeaux and Vosne “Chaumes” Premiers Cru into the village level Vosne Romanee, which made it one of the best values around. Now that there are enough high quality grapes coming from those vineyards, however, Bernard will make an Echezeaux and Vosne “Chaumes” every year. Value hunters shouldn’t be too disappointed though as some of the grapes from Echezeaux and “Chaumes” will be declassified into the new Vosne Romanee Premiers Cru (no vineyard designate) as well as the village Vosne.
While the wines of Gros Frere definitely reflect the character of each vineyard, they are made in a distinct style. They are very ripe, intensely concentrated and aged in relatively high percentages of new, high toast oak barrels. The toast imparts a nice spicy character which is well balanced by the intense fresh fruit flavors.
Praise for Gros Frere et Souer
“his wines are among the most extraordinarily exotic, hedonistic wines produced in all of Burgundy” – Robert Parker, Burgundy
“As the vines have matured, the densities of the resulting wines have improved … In particular, the Grands Echézeaux is a real standout in 2002.” – Allen Meadows, Burghound, Jan 2004
“As the age of the vines progresses (the estate was largely replanted in the early 1980s) the wines here get more and more impressive.” – Clive Coates, The Vine, No. 229
***Now also a 2-Star rated Domaine in Coates' 2008 Edition of Cote-D'Or ***
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