Domaine Anne GROS (Vosne-Romanée) -- 2015 Tasted from Tank and from Barrel

Harvesting here began on 7 September on the Côte de Nuits and on 19 September for the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. The Clos Vougeot had high yields, but the others had smaller, but not catastrophic, yields. 

All grapes were destemmed, as is customary here. Malolactic fermentations began in January and February and went rather fast. As usual, the wines are bottled early here, and they were already in stainless steel awaiting bottling when I visited in mid-November 2016. Alcohols are about 13º for the regional appellations, 13.5º for the rest.

2015 Bourgogne-Hautes Côtes de Nuits   Cuvée Marine    blanc
The vines here are now 18 years-old. The wine is dense with good lemony expression and freshness. (85-89)

2015 Bourgogne-Hautes Côtes de Nuits rouge
Here is yet another example of the outstanding red wines available from lesser appellations in 2015. The nose is pure with cassis and dark plum fruits. The mouth is fresh and lively with medium-weight and a smooth texture. The wine is delicious already. 30% new oak on this wine. (88-92)

2015 Bourgogne    Pinot Noir   (négociant wine)
This wine is from 12 year-old vines; Gros purchases the grapes and vinifies. The wine has dark fruits and some sucrosity that should burn off with time. The texture is chewy and there is very good depth here and some minerality. There is a little tannin still showing. (86-90)

2015 Bourgogne   Pinot Noir   (domaine wine)
The nose here is very pure and deep with dark fruits. The mouth shows berry fruit, precision, freshness, and a velvet texture. There’s minerality and good structure. The vines here average 50-60 years of age. At the estate, they say that it’s typically a wine that needs 3-5 years in bottle to show it’s best. (89-92)

2015 Chambolle-Musigny    La Combe d’Orveau
This wine is from the village portion of Combe d’Orveau, which is not contiguous with either the premier or grand cru portions of that lieu dit and has different exposition and soils. Nevertheless, the wine here performs at a premier cru level. In 2015, there were problems with animals eating the grapes, so a bit of sorting was necessary for this wine. The nose has floral aromas. The mouth is smooth with gentle red cherry fruit in an ample body. The wine is fresh with great finesse, intensity, and length, but is not energetic. (91-94)

2015 Échézeaux   Les Loachausses
The general high quality of Échézeaux in the 2015 vintage is reflected in this wine.  The nose is floral. The mouth is dense and sensual with floral dark fruit, a velvet texture, and great freshness. There’s good length here. This is a dense and concentrated wine that will take some aging to show its full potential. The vines here are now about 30 years-old. (93-96)

2015 Clos Vougeot   Le Grand Maupertui
The Clos Vougeot has a spiced nose with typical red and black raspberries. The mouth shows good minerality and finesse with length. There is less velvet to the texture than in the Échézeaux. (92-95)

2015 Richebourg
Gros’s Richebourg has spicy aromas. The mouth is dense and concentrated with explosive dark fruits spiciness, liveliness, and length. In short, a classic Richebourg. (94-98)

The preceding wines were all tasted while in tank awaiting December bottling. We then went downstairs to taste wines still in barrel:

2015 Nuits-Saint-Georges    Les Damodes
This négociant wine is not from the premier cru portion of Damodes, but like the Combe d’Orveaux above, it is worthy of a premier cru in its quality. The wine is juicy with spicy dark fruits and good clarity. There’s a touch of licorice here and the wine is medium-light on the palate with finesse and good liveliness. The contract with the vineyard owner was for ten barrels, but given the small size of the vintage, only Gros has only four barrels. (91-94)

2015 Savigny-les-Beaune    1er Cru     Aux Lavières
This is another négociant wine. It is light and clear, although less precise than the other wines, with nervy red fruit. (88-91)

2015 Vosne-Romanée      Les Barraux
From a lieu-dit that is next to Petits Monts and above Cros Parantoux, Richebourg, and Brulées, this wine shows finesse to go with blackberry fruit that is clear and precise. The wine is light on the palate but intense and contains minerality. This vineyard suffered from the dryness of 2015, and so production is only 4 barrels (1200 bottles). (91-94)