The Gros are an illustrious, vigneron family on the Côte de Nuits, and Michel is the oldest sibling to Anne, both of whom run their own domaines (with distinct plots), and separately to the family domaine Gros Frère & Soeur. While they all have their own ideas, a common thread is that the Gros wines are full of pleasure and richness which can sometimes distract from the undoubted quality of their vineyard holdings.
Michel was a pioneer of the Hautes-Côtes appellation, a cooler area on the Burgundy plateau which has become more popular and highly regarded over recent, warm vintages. His methods have been noted for their unconventional nature, as he loves to experiment with blending, fractionating and modifying temperature during winemaking and early maturation. Yet tasting his wines there is nothing but dazzling purity, pinpoint freshness and marvellously creamy tannins.
'The Clos de Réas Monopole is owned by the Gros family since 1860, and now run exclusively by Michel. It sits on the southern border of Vosne-Romanée with Nuits-St-Georges and is one of the lowest Premier Crus in the village. However, the enclosing wall and the fact that the vineyard is slightly convex in shape with excellent drainage makes it a warmer site than expected. It thus tends to show fabulous fruit intensity, soft acidity and sweet tannins and yet still has a surprising ability to age. The soils are a pinkish-marl rather than limestone, perhaps the source of its noticeable finesse. At the December tasting this was my star wine, flashing with a seamless waft of creamy, royal-toned fruits and utterly sumptuous tannins. Oak and the hand of the winemaker were invisible, and the seamless length went on and on. My final comment notes, ‘Yes - this is it!’ Drink this over the next 8-15 years ideally, but it never hurts to try one immediately upon release either.' Justin Knock MW, tasted December 2020