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2013 Anne Gros 'La Ciaude'

2013 Anne Gros 'La Ciaude' Minervois, South of France

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A stunning Minervois cuvée by way of the Robert Parker-supported new kids on the block, Anne Gros, proprietor of Domaine Anne Gros, and Jean-Paul Tollot of Domaine Tollot-Beaut.  Harvested by hand from a 3.1 hectare surface of clay-limestone soil, then vinified and aged separately before blending, this winemaking team has turned out an impressive synthesis of all we’re coming to love about Languedoc-Roussillon.

  • Grenache, Syrah, and Carignan from 100+-year-old vines; Carignan, long considered the Languedoc’s workhorse red grape, is decidedly great when vinified properly and especially at low yields as it was in the 2012 vintage, and while 2013 hit Southern France hard, Languedoc and especially Minervois surprised the wine world by escaping those misfortunes and turning out just as excellent a vintage as 2012.
  • Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot found exactly the vineyards they were looking for in Cazelles, a tiny hamlet overshadowed by Montagne Noir. The mountain creates a unique microclimate that is cooler than most sites within the Languedoc-Roussillon, and boasts limestone, sandstone, and clay soil, high-quality vines with good age-range, and an altitude of 220 metres.
  • The winery was constructed on site after the terroir was chosen.
  • All agricultural practices at this winery follow Lutte Raisonnée, France’s age-old equivalent to sustainable agriculture.
  • Aside from eschewing chemical treatments in the vineyard, all grapes are harvested by hand to preserve the natural environment and fermentation is done with native yeasts only
  • “Languedoc and Roussillon present a fascinating albeit sometimes confusing mix of wines and wine styles,” writes the Wine Spectator. “You'll just need some patience, and beacons like the Minervois to guide you.”

Spicy raspberry nose. Black currant, red cherry, tart raspberry, black pepper, and tart berry finish.

Anne Gros and Jean Paul Tollot, two winegrowers in Burgundy for over 20 years, have combined their expertise to serve the fine terroirs in Cazelles, in the Minervois !!! Love at first sight ?... Absolutely ! Reflection ?... Of course !

A building was created to grow, receive, make and care for these fine terroir wines. It has been designed with great attention to detail, respecting the energies, the wines and the people... A beautiful architectural structure made of simple but noble materials...terracotta, wood, stainless steel... Roundness is eveywhere... the road, the hills, the tanks, the barrels... the wines.

Try this alongside a delicious rack of lamb with herb and garlic seasoning. 

Wine Ratings

93 Points -Wine Advocate
92 Insider Points

Wine Reviews

 "Another single parcel release, the 2013 Minervois la Ciaude comes from the clay and rocky soils around the town of Cazelles and is mostly Carignan (100+-year-old vines) and Syrah, yet incorporates a splash of Grenache. Aged mostly in demi-muids, it has lots of liquid minerality to go with classic notes of black raspberry, violets, spice and hints of toasted bread. Balanced, elegant and medium-bodied, with perfectly integrated acidity and ample balancing fruit, it too can be consumed anytime over the coming decade. These latest 2013s from proprietress Anne Gros are some of the strongest wines in the vintage, as well as the greatest wines I've tasted from the estate. When I asked Anne what she thought of the vintage, she went to one knee and bowed her head, calling the vintage extraordinary. After tasting the wines, I can understand where she's coming from. While all of Anne's wines shine for their elegance and purity, these 2013s have another level of focus, while not skimping on texture or length. Nevertheless, don't expect over the top richness here and the style is one of purity and sheer elegance over fruit and power. It's worth noting that this estate is located in the village of Cazelles, which is located on the northern edge of Minervois, in a higher elevation, cooler terroir. There's roughly 10 growers here and they're in the process of petitioning to create a new Cru inside the appellation, similar to the Minervois la Liviniere designation. This is a gorgeous, dive ." -Wine Advocate

Drinkability is One of My Favorite Terms

It's exact what it sounds like, a particular wine's quality to go down with ease. Maximum palatability. Ok, I'm starting to throw all sorts of crazy words out there, but that's what a great wine does to me! Hence, we have the Anne Gros La Ciaude. We went through the previous vintage with ease, and here now I am happy to present the 2013. This was an even better year in the Minervois, and it shows here. 

Savory purple berries and cinnamon on the nose. Medium-full bodied on the palate, showing notes of cherry, blueberry, pomegranate and fresh-crushed pepper. It finishes with good length, and wouldn't you know it my glass is empty. An excellent any-day wine that is drinking in its window. 92 Points - JZ July '18

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