Domaine Af Gros Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru 'Clos Des Guettes' 2018
1 or more bottles$179.00
Huon Hooke95 points
There has been a sorting table at the family winery since 2008, after which the grapes are destemmed but not crushed. The grapes are given a short cool maceration, then fermented with more pumping over than punching down, with the juice being concentrated by a similar machine to that used by Michel and Bernard Gros, if necessary.
A powerful yet elegant bouquet. Predominantly cherry, blackcurrant qnd raspberry, with some strawberry aromas coming through with age. Finely structured yet supple with fine tannins. Clean and fresh on the finish.
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- Red Cherry
Critic Scores & reviews
"Deepish ruby colour with tints of purple and brick-red. The bouquet is spicy, earthy with hints of graphite. The wine is medium to full-bodied and the texture slightly gritty, the tannins drying. There's a core of brandied-cherry. It's a little reserved, and will surely respond to cellaring. It's a robust wine, a little in its shell, but really began to shine when tasted with food. It certainly has the structure, intensity and concentration to age well."
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
Savigny-lès-Beaune, located in the heart of the Côte de Beaune in Burgundy, is a charming village surrounded by hillsides and vineyards. This picturesque region is known for producing some of the world's finest wines, with Savigny-lès-Beaune being one of its more prolific appellations.
The sub-valley formed by the Rhoin river provides ideal growing conditions for vineyards, with south-facing slopes and excellent viticultural land. This allows for the production of high-quality grapes, particularly Pinot Noir which is the main grape variety grown in the appellation. The red wines produced here are known for their elegance, finesse, and similarity in style to the red wines of Beaune.
Although the majority of the wines produced in Savigny-lès-Beaune are red, there are also some exceptional white wines made from Chardonnay grapes. These wines offer a refreshing contrast to the rich, complex reds and showcase the versatility of the appellation. Whether you prefer red or white, a visit to Savigny-lès-Beaune is sure to be a delightful experience for any wine lover.
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About the brand Domaine AF Gros
The Domaine A.F Gros has been around since 1988. After retirement in 1996, Jean and Jeanine Gros divided the family Domaine (Domaine Jean Gros) between their three children Michel, Bernard and Anne-Françoise. Domaine A.F (Anne-Françoise) Gros consists of Anne’s share of Domaine Jean Gros, additional properties in and around Vosne-Romanée which she has bought or leased, and her husband’s share of Domaine Parent. Although based in Pommard, the wines of AF Gros have been produced from the same premises in Beaune since 1998.
Assisted by their children Caroline and Mathieu, this Domaine has been using a sorting table since 2008, after which the grapes are destemmed but not crushed. The grapes are given a short cool maceration, then fermented with more pumping over than punching down. The juice is then sometimes concentrated by a similar machine to that used by Anne’s brothers Michel and Bernard Gros, (however only if necessary).
Each Gros Domaine is autonomous and independent; Domaine Michel Gros in Vosne Romanée, Domaine Gros Frère & Soeur directed by Bernard in Vosne Romanée, and Domaine Anne-Françoise Gros in Pommard).
Her labels sport the outline of a female head, each one different according to the stylistic interpretation of the appellation by Anne-Françoise and the artist.