There are wine pedigrees and then there are wine pedigrees. The Gros family business of wine began nearly 200 years ago when progenitor Alphonse Gros arrived in the Vosne-Romanée region, beginning in the business of wine not long after. Two centuries of family and trade secrets are palpable in their twenty-first century offerings: each vintage feels both like a fresh revelation and an ancient legacy. The 2019 Le Grand Maupertui is the best of Burgundy captured in a bottle.
The current helm of the Gros family is Anne, part of the 6 th generation of vintners, leading operations since 1988. She more than doubled the size of the Domaine and
devotes all her knowledge of oenology toward crafting expertly made wines. Despite the expansion to 6.5 hectares, the grapes of Le Grand Maupertui are plucked from a parcel that is less than one hectare, with vines that are 70 years old or more.
With a mind to biodynamics and organic farming, Anne Gros is interested in the results of minimal intervention and heritage processes balanced with savvy innovation. While the quality of this stellar bottle begins in the fields, it’s finished in the barrel. This Grand Cru is aged over 16 months in 80% new oak.
Le Grand Maupertui is heady with sultry aromatics in the glass. Dark, juicy fruit runs from cherry to plum to currant, melding with rich baking spices of clove and nutmeg, and a hint of game. On the palate, it offers an impressive fullness, with balance and precision. It has the sort of ripe tannins that promise an even livelier sip years down the line.