Country of Origin: France
Type: Red Wine
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
Alcohol Volume / ABV: 14%
Bernard Gros, whose vineyards edge into Domaine dela Romanee-Conti, produces produces wines in a similar style to his brother Michel, but the very different terroir in his vineyards results in wines with substantially more power. His quality emanates from the fact that he owns top quality parcels in each appellation. His Clos Vougeot-Musigni for example is at the apex of the Cru just beneath the slope of Musigni. One of the more conscientious wine producers in the region, Bernard strictly limits his harvest yield amounts for the flavor depth & the fruit concentration he seeks, where his wines are only lightly refined but never filtered. Gros Frere wines are deep & dark with a known penchant for their expressive aromatics, their larger structure, and firm backbone requiring added ageing time in the bottle. This Grand Cru is located above the village of Flagey-Echezeaux, between Vougeot and Vosne-Romanee. The Echezeaux cuts the entire slope between Clos de Vougeot and the Vosne-Romanee Premier Crus. It is made up of a mosaic of soils: gravel, marl, silt, & sand perfectly exposed to the rising sun. The robe is dark purple. This wine displays an incredibly varied nose of rose, violets, fresh cherries, leather, undergrowth, & spices. The palate has a frank attack with tight yet velvety smooth tannins balanced out by a nice freshness. Pair this with Grilled Prime Rib & Vegetables sauteed with thyme.
A very ripe yet still fresh nose combines notes of red berries, Asian-style tea, lavender, violets, and abundant spice elements that are overlayed with medium wood characters. The gorgeously textured and admirably refined broad-shouldered flavors possess both excellent volume & solid mid-palate density while offering fine depth & length on its dusty & seriously firm finish.