Michel Gros is a member of the sixth generation in a dynasty of Burgundian vignerons that dates back to 1830 in the village of Vosne-Romanee. In 1975 Michel, the eldest of Jean Gros' children, began working with his father at the family estate, Domaine Jean Gros. He then established his own Domaine in 1979 and ran both properties until his father retired in 1995 and divided the Jean Gros estate amongst his three children - Anne-Francoise (Domaine A-F Gros), Bernard (Domaine Gros Frere et Soeur), and Michel (Domaine Michel Gros). Michel inherited the five acre monopole Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Clos des Reas, which had been in the family since 1860, two parcels in Nuits-St.-Georges, one plot in Vosne-Romanee and another in Hautes Cotes de Nuits. In 1997, the Ecard family entrusted Michel with the management of their properties in Nuits-St.-Georges (including the 1er Crus Vignerondes and Murgers) and Vosne-Romanee; and later, in 2008, a parcel in Hautes Cotes de Nuits. In total, Michel now farms 57.5 acres, of which 38 are located in the Hautes Cotes de Nuits. Each of the Gros wines reflects the depth and class of its individual terroir, as well as the commitment of its humble but passionately dedicated vigneron. In recognition of his work, Michel has been awarded numerous medals and accolades, including "Best Red Wine Maker" and "Best Pinot Noir" awards at the International Wine Challenge in 2002 and 2003.
|Michel plants a mix of selected vines as well as clonesand farms his vineyards according to lutte raisonee. To maintain proper yields, Michel prefers to prune short and rubs off excess buds early in the season. At harvest, the fruit is hand-sorted in the vineyard and then entirely de-stemmed. Vinification takes place in a variety of vats, mainly cement, following a gentle crushing of about half of the fruit. To encourage immediate fermentation, Michel adds selected yeasts and the wines are pumped over twice daily. After a cuvaison of 10-12 days the wines are transferred to barrel where they mature for 18-23 months in wood. Like his father, Michel uses heavily toasted, 100% new oak Troncais barrels from Tonnellerie Rousseau for Clos de Reas. The wines are racked once after malolactic fermentation and, after aging, the barrels of each appellation are racked again and blended in tank where they are fined with egg white and held until bottling in late August.
|Clos des Reas was purchased by Alphonse Gros in 1860 and has remained within the family since its acquisition. The vineyard is located on the hillock that overhangs the small Reas valley. The wall of this triangular parcel borders the village of Vosne-Romanee on the east. A monumental portal stands in its middle. A small, ancient house marks the north corner next to the Town Hall square.
The geological stratum of the subsoil is a Salmon conglomerate on the Oligocene strata with many limestone blocks alternated with marl. This soil profile, along with the slope, ensures excellent drainage. The marl lends a silky character to the tannins of the wine, elegance to its perfume, and mild acidity, which make it approachable in its youth.