The Gros wine dynasty dates back to 1860 with Alphonse Gros, who married a Latour and bought an estate and a little-known (at the time), 5-acre vineyard in Vosne-Romanee, called Clos-de-Reas. Six generations (and transitioning to the seventh) of family winemaking ensued.
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Gros Frère et Soeur is from a Burgundian wine family lineage that dates back to 1860 (read more on the Gros dynasty). Gros F&S, as it is often abbreviated, holds 53-acres of vineyards, including top appellations of Richebourg, Clos-de-Vougeot "Musigni", Grands-Echézeaux, and Echézeaux. The largest parcels are the 30-acres of Hautes-Côtes-de-Nuits, which produces both red and white varieties. Currently run by Bernard Gros and his 30-year-old son, Vincent, Gros F&S is known for making Pinots that express an exuberance and power, with expressive aromatics and immense structure.
Like any wine enthusiast, I've spent many years learning about wine via wine tasting, but also through reading. It has taken over a decade to amass my library on wine regions, winemaking, and critic reviews. Unlike Napa and Sonoma, which I can visit every day of the week, books were particularly helpful in teaching me about Bordeaux and Burgundy, the top of the wine "food chain" and an ocean away. Some books were incredibly insightful, and some were less so. The books that covered a single geographic regions tended to be my favorite.
The French have ensured their wine vocabulary remains in tact, which means if you drink French wine you will need to learn even more wine lingo. These are especially helpful if you are trying to decifer a wine bottle label. Here are our top French terms we use:
The difference between the terms "Climat" and "Lieu-Dit" has stumped me for years. They are both defined as "plots of land," often the same plots of land with the same names, but when do you use each of the terms? Even during my two week visit to Burgundy I still couldn't get a common answer to my inquiry on these definitions.
Among a sea of premium Burgundy winemakers, Frédéric Esmonin stands out for me because their wines are quite "pretty" in their infancy. Definitely drinkable and pleasant. Yet, I've also tasted older vintages (e.g. 2002) and it was so well-balanced and aged perfectly. They are also a tremendous value because they are less well-known than the “blue chip” Burgundy producers from the Cote de Nuits.
After eight generations, the Mongeard family remains a close-knit group and a true family business, which allows them to still make wine from all their family land holdings - 30 hectares across 35 different climats/appellations, including small parcels of Clos-de-Vougeot and Richebourg. That's an amazing feat within the laws of Napoleanic succession and family dynamics, and something that would be near impossible to purchase "from scratch" today.
Latour Giraud is not only one of the top producers in Burgundy, but one that is near and dear to our heart. We met Jean-Pierre Latour, a delightful man and a fabulous winemaker, during our recent trip to Burgundy, after selling his wines for many years. We were lucky enough to spend the afternoon with him in his 7th century Meursault winery, tasting through several of his 2015 Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs.
Located in a clearing in the middle of a Graves (Bordeaux) forest, Domaine de Chevalier leverages the towering trees to protect the vines from extremes of temperature. It feels like a secret garden, and produces wines that are equally as magical.