1998 Domaine Anne Gros Clos Vougeot Grand Cru "Le Grand Maupertuis"
Allen Meadows - Burghound
(opened from personal storage). This has finally begun to turn secondary with a soaring nose of spicy plum and moderately earthy aromas that are trimmed in a bit of wood while introducing intense, austere and equally earthy full-bodied flavors that buffer the softening if slightly astringent tannins with impressive sève, all wrapped in a long and strikingly complex finish. At 14 years of age, this is at the inflexion point where it could be drunk by those who like still powerful flavors or, for those who prefer more mature nuances, this could easily be held for another five years or so. Aside from the small amount of residual wood, this has aged beautifully and is just now coming into its own.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Dark fruits and oak spices can be discerned in the aromatics of the 1998 Clos Vougeot Grand Maupertui. Medium to full-bodied, dense, and concentrated, it is a fat, fruit-dominated wine. Blackberries, cherries, and loads of spices cover up this wine's structured character.
A pretty '98 with seductive red berry and blackberry aromas. Succulent at midpalate, this medium-bodied, firm Pinot is no thick blockbuster but turns racy and elegant on the juicy, spicy finish.
As you may know, not all of Clos Vougeot is really worthy of Grand Cru status. However, this incredibly wonderful example IS, without a doubt. From the section of the vineyard immediately adjacent to Grands Echezeaux, this is a mouth-filling wine, with smoky, toasty notes and fabulous concentration. This is a wine of power and depth, which shows exactly what a classic Clos Vougeot ought to, and it has truly marvelous fruit. WOW! Direct from an excellent cellar in Burgundy, where they have been held since release, until our direct import in in a refrigerated container in May of 2012. Now in 55-degree storage, with perfect fills and clean labels.