The Gros family name is famous in Burgundy and synonymous with Vosne-Romanee. But if you can’t justify forking over $500 for Anne Gros’ exquisite Echezeaux Grand Crus, then more reachable would be her Minervois labels. Anne Gros and her husband Jean-Paul Tollot have unearthed wonderful parcels of land with old vines in Cazelles, within the Southern France appellation of Minervois. Here, it’s all about red wines, Grenache, Syrah, Cinsault and Carignan. And we’re talking about seriously old, centenarian vines.
This 2008 La Ciaude consists of Syrah, Carignan (including 108 year-old vines) and Grenache. On the nose, it is floral and dense, still rather restrained (might need a decant perhaps) but certainly opening up now. Blackcurrant aromas with splash of minerals and savoury nuances. The acidity keeps the concentrated dark berry, blackcurrant and sour plum flavours fresh, it is precise and doesn’t let the weight droop over. 14% alc, but it hardly impresses upon the drinker. A delicious wine. Drink now – 2020. 92/100.
I got this bottle off Langtons, but a search turned up Grand Millesime as a stockist of these wines. They have a store on Toorak Rd (facebook), and pre-arrival prices for the ’11s and ’12s are just under $50. I’ll be putting in an order for the other Gros-Tollot labels soon.