2019 Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur Grands-Echezeaux Grand Cru Cote de Nuits, France
While Bernard Gros has ceded the direction of the domaine to his son Vincent, the latter was unable to be present the day I visited so Bernard ably filled in. Bernard's take on the 2019 vintage was, as usual, succinct as he simply said "it's a lovely but tiny vintage. The fruit was definitely quite ripe as our potential alcohols ranged from 13.5 to 15%. We vinified the fruit softly over a one-month period, which produced wines that are deeply colored, exceptionally rich and very generously proportioned. But they have good tannic structures that should enable them to age effortlessly for basically as long as anyone wants to wait." Gros additionally noted that there will be no Chaumes in 2019 as the yields were too small so it was incorporated into the Vosne 1er cuvée.
Rated 91-93 Points Burghound
Here the wood treatment is no longer subtle and while the toasty character does not dominate the very spicy aromas of various red and dark berries, it's close. Otherwise there is excellent volume to the sleek and tautly muscular flavors that possess acceptable density, all wrapped in a powerful, sappy and lingering finish where a hint of warmth emerges. This too is going to require extended patience.