Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Von Romanees

The Von Romanées
Vosne-Romanée is arguably the most illustrious wine village in Burgundy. After all, there are more Grand Crus in this appellation than any other. The wines produced are some of the most sumptuous, celestial & beautifully perfumed in the wine world. As in any Burgundian appellation of note, there are a number of addresses whose wines are much sought-after, vintage after vintage. Equally, there are 'lesser-known' addresses which are capable of producing silky, rich, wonderfully elegant Pinot Noir. Of course, pricing reflects the different reputations. In order to have a balance in this regard, Burgundy Direct Wines buys from the most reputed & the most under-rated domaines. In fact, we import from three addresses, which I call the Von Romanées. Domaine Anne Gros, Domaine Jean Grivot & Domaine Francois Gerbet. Interestingly, all three, in addition to making grand crus, premier crus & village Vosne-Romanée (see pics), also produce generic, regional wines. And here you can find real value.
Have a look:
Bourgogne - Anne Gros
Bourgogne - Jean Grivot
Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits - Anne Gros
Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits 'Vieilles Vignes' - Francois Gerbet
Both Anne Gros's & Etienne Grivot's Bourgogne are made from young vines planted in the village of Vosne-Romanée itself. The Hautes Cotes (meaning 'outer slopes') from Anne Gros & Francois Gerbet are planted on the higher slopes above the village near the escarpment. All of these wines are expertly crafted, are the source of good value & are worth your attention.

64 Wines in Glasthule & McCabes Off-Licence in Blackrock & Foxrock carry some of these wines.
Also available in the three Elys - Ely Place, Ely-HQ & Ely-CHQ in the IFSC. Restaurant Patrick Guilbaud lists Anne Gros & Jean Grivot


djmcc said...

Hi Conor,
Congrats on the blog. Nice idea.... and you won't have any problem with filling it with great insider information either.
Just wanted to let you know about some of your wines which I've drunk lately...
a very lovely Haut-Cotes de Nuits 2005 from Anne Gros, very impressive for something so "humble".

and I finally made a move on the Dancer Pommard 02 I've been nursing... it didn't disappoint just as you said, atypical in its elegance. Very enjoyable.

PS: I couldn't agree with you more on your favourites, Dancer white and Serafin bourgogne!. These are examples to the rest and wine doesn't have to cost alot to taste like it should.


noel said...

A blog? Mr Richardson how very trendy of you.
We had some American visitors over for lunch recently, where between us we got through quite a lot of my stock of Ms Gros's Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuit 2006, it washed down the lunch very well indeed.However when one of the visitors asked for ice cubes to put in her glass of Saint Veran Vieilles Vignes 2006(great value by the way) from Domaine Corsin my heart sank.God bless America!

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