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Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur Echezeaux Grand Cru 2016

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Winemaker Notes

Echézeaux is an usually large Grand Cru comprised of 11 different lieux-dits with wide variations in soil, exposure and elevation. The lieu-dit of Les Loachausses is owned entirely by the Gros family. As evidenced by the wines of Gros Frere et Soeur, Loachausses gives all the power and concentration that you could expect from a great grand cru. This is an Echézeaux that delivers."Medium deep purple color, this is the best nose to date, not so thyme fragile and with a better concentration of vigorous fruit. Excellent purity and density, several layers of flavor, sometimes red fruit on top, sometimes darker." 91-94 Points, Jasper Morris MW

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WS 93
Wine Spectator
Superconcentrated and ripe, with plum compote, fruitcake, licorice and spice aromas and flavors, this is hedonistic. A bit over the top, showing some heat on the finish, but there's no denying the intensity and exuberance. Best from 2022 through 2035. 20 cases imported.
BH 91
A ripe and agreeably fresh nose combines notes of red currant and cherry with plum, spice, herbal tea and sandalwood hints. The intense and delicious middle weight plus flavors possess a seductive, even polished mouthfeel before terminating in an impressively persistent and complex finish that evidences just a hint of rusticity. In contrast to the prior wines this is going to require at least some bottle age before it will drink up to its potential.
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Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur

Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur

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Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur, France
The name 'Gros' is particularly ubiquitous in Vosne-Romanée where, following the splitting up of Jean Gros' large vineyard holdings between his four children in 1964, there are now multiple domaines operating under the Gros name. Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur is one of the most significant of these domaines, being formed of the amalgamation of two inheritances, and includes Grand Cru vines in Clos Vougeot, Echezeaux and Richebourg. The wines are amongst Burgundy's richest and most extracted, with plenty of heft and intense fruit character to stand up to extensive use of new oak. 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.
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Flagey-Echezeaux Wine

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Claiming the two famous Grand Crus, Echezeaux and Grands Echezeaux, the identity of this village, Flagey-Echezeaux, rides predominantly on the glory of those two crus. All of the village or Premier Cru status vineyards in Flagey-Echezeaux market themselves under the name of their neighbor, Vosne-Romanée.

Echezeaux Pinot noir tends be light, bright and full of finesse, whereas those of Grands Echezeaux typically have more heft and complexity.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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