Grape : Syrah, Grenache, Mourvedre
Tasting note : There is
a purity of the varietal associated with this plot that is unveiling an elegant
personality, even in its youth. This is a balanced wine, very precise and
thirst quenching, which goes well with roasted meats and charcuterie. A
About the winery :
Daughter of Francois Gros, “the lady of
Burgundy", Anne Gros has been in charge of her father estate since 1988
today renamed Domaine Anne Gros, she is famous for her outstanding red
Burgundies especially her Grand Cru Richebourg. Jean Paul Tollot her husband is
from the Tollot-Beaut Family in Chorey les Beaune and is renown for making the
best wines out of the difficult terroir of the Chorey appellation. Together
they decided to join their skills to make wine in the Minervois.
They purchased 14 hectares in Cazelles in the northern
edge of the appellation of Minervois just before Saint Chinian, a very
intriguing terroir made of limestone, clay and sand which exposure and altitude
offers strikingly similar conditions to Vosnes Romanee Crus providing cooler
temperature at night-time. They began their first vintage in 2008.
The estate grows the typical minervois varieties
Carignan, Grenache, Syrah and Cinsault. The winegrower couple also chose the
land in regard of its great old vines patrimony, with some century plots of
Carignan and an overall average of 40 years old. The aim of this enterprise was
to provide a new vision of Minervois with an emphasis on the terroir and on the
individuality of each traditional grape variety.
The attention to the vineyards and the viticultural
practices are similar to those they employed in Burgundy. The couple invested a
lot in their Minervois facilities, they use the top equipments in their
sophisticated winery, this technical effort was compulsory according to them if
they wanted to reach a certain level of quality.
Their winemaking approach is very reminiscent of their
work in Cote d'Or, with a total destemming of the grapes and a long aging in
barrels for the top cuvees; they even use the traditional Burgundy bottle for
Tollot and Gros are making Minervois wines like no
others in the area, wines that always bear a certain Burgundian signature, with
very supple tannins and a delicate freshness of fruit. They have managed to
make wonders out of the unjustly neglected grape of Carignan and Cinsault and
found the perfect way to let it express the varietals full potential along with
the singularity of the terroir.