Domaine AF Gros Bourgogne Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Rouge 2011 is something truly special and what’s more, is in its drinking window. Pinot Noir generally needs time to settle and soften so in this instance Pull the Cork has done the hard work for you. Burgundy can also be crazy expensive and it’s not often you can find one ready to drink and for this price.
AF Gros estate was created in 1988, based in Pommard and founded by husband and wife team Francois and Anne. Today two of the three kids work on the estate in both vinification and overall management. Mathias, the son has been making wine for the last 5 years while Caroline takes care of the commercial side of the business.
Domaine AF Gros has a well-deserved reputation for a perfect expression of Pinot Noir. With a unique combination of depth, restraint and elegance. The vineyards sit predominantly on limestone and clay soils and is the key factor of their identifiable wines. The 2011 has a ruby/garnet hue expressing both fresh and dried blackcurrants and blackberries. The palate is dry, floral and developed. Soft but well-integrated tannin, elegant fresh and dried fruit with a long savoury length.
Vinification is a mix of the modern and traditional. Cold soaked for 4 to 5 days preserves the fruit and a natural fermentation allows the soil to impart its individuality. Aged in French oak for 12 to 18 months. The oak in the barrels comes from three different forests. The Troncais, Bertranges and Fontainebleau. Filtration of the wines is taken very seriously with an analysis taking place to judge whether it’s needed. The wines are unfined and bottled using gravity rather than pumps. This ensures every part of the wines production is delicate and restrained.