Anne-Françoise Gros, originally of Vosne-Romanée, is married to François Parent of Pommard, where they live, though their wines have been made in Beaune since 1998. Their joint living as wine-makers is ably assisted by their children Caroline and Mathieu. The domaine consists of Anne-Françoise’s share of Domaine Jean Gros, additional wines in and around Vosne-Romanée which she has bought or leased, and her husband’s share of Domaine Parent.
The wine labels sport the outline of a female head, each one different according to the interpretation of the style of the appellation by Anne-Françoise and the artist.
As to the wine-making, 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. Source: bbr.com
Francois ferments his wines in a mix of cement, stainless steel and wooden vats and uses new oak liberally, buying some of the best and most expensiveavailable; 50% for the village wines, 70% for premier crus and 100% for grand crus plus two Pommard premier crus Rugiens and Epenots. The style of wines varies from cru to cru, but they represent a common theme of high quality which remains true from vintage to vintage.
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