A vintage noted for the early return of springtime warmth, followed by a hot and sunny summer that was to extend well beyond harvest time.
Winemakers trembled with fear on 27th and 29th April. Temperatures forecast to be below 0°C in the early morning led to fears of reliving the frost havoc of the previous year. The mobilisation of the whole Côte to light straw bale fires allowed damage to be avoided.
The exceptionally lovely month of June engendered perfect vine flowering and rapid swelling of grape bunches, promising a generous crop. July and August were also very favourable. Some light rainfall at end August was most welcome in countering the very dry period and accelerating ripening. Despite short pruning in springtime, the domain carried out green harvesting during the summer, so as to limit production, particularly in the vine parcels frost damaged in 2016.
We began harvesting on 9th September on the Côte. Ten days later, the whole crop had been brought in as ripeness was progressing quickly. The wines reflect this very well-achieved ripeness, with silky tannins and moderate acidity levels that occasionally needed lifting during vinification. The excellent healthiness of grapes made sorting almost meaningless and translated into vibrant, deep colours, as well as great purity of aromas.
In summary, this is a vintage that is very pleasant and attractive in its youth, but with sufficient consistency and concentration to increase in complexity over the next 10 years. In recent years, it is perhaps the 2012 vintage that most resembles it.
DOMAINE MICHEL GROS
DOMAINE MICHEL GROS SARL -
7 RUE DES COMMUNES -
21700 VOSNE ROMANEE - FRANCE
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