2016 MICHEL GROS CHAMBOLLE MUSIGNY
Winemaking has been in the Gros family since the 1800s. The main parcel for the Chambolle Musigny (42 acres) is situated in the Argillières, the name of which gives a clue of the nature of the soil. This parcel continues the Musigny vines in the North at the entrance of the Chambolle comb. This parcel produces a cuvée with an unusual strength and density for a Chambolle village, and in this view it is rather similar to a Premier Cru. Four other small parcels are situated in the following localities: Nazoires, Maladières and Mombies. All these plots lie on the alluvial cone of the comb, their subsoil is therefore very stony, which ensures perfect drainage.
About: The Gros family has been established in Vosne-Romanée since 1830. Today, Michel Grose is a sixth generation of this dynasty of winemakers, continues and develops the work undertaken by his ancestors, as do his sister (Domaine AF Gros), his brother (Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur) and his cousin (Domaine Anne Gros).(From the winery)
Michel, the eldest of Jean Gros’ children, took over running the family domaine (Domaine Jean Gros) straight out of wine school in 1975. He has added further vineyards of his own. Repeated accolades, including being the International Wine Challenge’s Red Winemaker of the Year two years running (2008-2010) indicate that this is a producer who delivers fine wine, but Michel Gros has his own clear ideas of what methods to use. The vineyards are run according to lutte raisonée, with grassing between the rows in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and some deeper soils on the main hillsides, otherwise contact herbicides are used. Michel is against ploughing, and also prefers the occasional limited use of synthetic sprays to the copper which is permitted under organic and biodynamic viticulture rules. (Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.)
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