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Alain Echalier – Hiver 2020

Pierre, 7th generation, 30 years old, is now at the head of the family business. Located in Vosne Romanée, the estate covers 23 hectares, entirely on the Côte de Nuits. One of the estate’s flagship vineyards is Clos des Réas, a Vosne Romanée Premier Cru which, in fact, is surrounded by a wall. The 2.12 hectare plot has been in the family since 1860 and is a monopoly, which means that all the climate belongs to the estate. The resulting wine shows the elegance of lace, unlike the ripe and rich character of the wines of Aux Brûlées, another Vosne Premier Cru also produced by the family.
“In the vineyard, the work is identical, whatever the location of the vines, up or down the hill”, explains Pierre. In Burgundy, the village appellations come from the vineyard located on the lower part of the hill, while the Premiers Crus are generally mid-slope. “But the higher you go, the lower the returns,” he continues. Sloping soils have better drainage and vineyards also have better sun exposure so that the fruits ripen faster. In general, the harvest begins with the Grands Crus, then the Premiers Crus, then the villages.
There is also no preferential treatment in the cellar – the fruit is destemmed and during fermentation the wine is either reassembled or drawn. Conversely, half of the Premiers Crus are aged in new barrels, while the proportion is 25 to 30% for the villages, and new barrels are prohibited for the regional appellations. further expansion has become a challenge. The abandonment of horses, which were replaced by tractors, could have widened the geographical area of ​​exploitation. But the problem now is the price. “A village appellation vineyard bought for around 2 million euros per hectare still makes sense,” explains Pierre. “But the Premiers Crus, valued between 12 and 30 million euros, can no longer ensure a return on investment in a person’s life.”


2019年は、クロ・デ・レアの区画をグロ家が1860年4月29日に購入して以来、単独所有でワイン造りを続け、160周年を迎える記念すべきヴィンテージです。クロ・デ・レアはドメーヌ・グロのフラッグシップとなり、数々の褒賞を受けてきました。1867年の万国博覧会で獲得した金メダルはその代表的なものであり、その時の記念ラベルを2009年のヴィンテージに再現しています。このラベルは2019年のヴィンテージにも貼られます。


2019年は新たなアペラシオンが誕生する年でもあり、私たちのラインナップにジュヴレ・シャンベルタン《ラ・プラティエール》が加わります。

区画の平均樹齢は45年で、ジュヴレ・シャンベルタンの典型的な個性を味わいに引き出せるラヴォー渓谷下方の沖積土壌にあります。私たちは他のワインと同じように土に働きかけ、ブドウを栽培し、醸造しました。そのため、ジュヴレらしい個性を持ちながらも、ドメーヌが守る老舗の味が私たちのアイデンティティとして伴っています。


Exceptionally early, the 2020 harvest began on August 28, 2020. Perfect sanitary conditions, good balance, but a rather low volume due to the lack of summer precipitation. The wines are now in barrels, for an aging period of around 18 months.

During the summer 2020, the new 29 hl foudre took place in the cellar

Dismantling by the Rousseau cooperage of one of our oldest casks, with a capacity of 12 pieces (i.e. 27hL). It had several non-repairable leaks and we chose to have it replaced with a new lightning bolt.


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