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2009 Domaine Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot, La 50/50


This estate was recently created by Anne Gros and Jean-Paul Tollot. Both of them are experienced wine growers with estates in Burgundy. Anne Gros has an estate in Vosne-Romanee and Jean-Paul has an estate in Cote d’Or. They purchased 14 hectares of vineyards in Cazelles, Minervois due to the soil diversity and the varieitals available. They have also built a new winery. Their first vintages is 2008. The 50/50 is a blend of 30 year old Carignan, 40 year old Cinsault, and 18 year old Grenache. The vineyards are at an altitude of 220 meters. It is matured in stainless steel tank.

I tasted the 2008 vintage of the 50/50 a few months back and was underwhelmed. At $18 there are plenty of other available wines that are of more interest from the 2007 and 2009 vintages. So when the 2009 vintage of the 50/50 came out I grabbed a bottle. It too is available for$18 at MacArthur’s. The 2009 is a step up from the 2008 and unabashedly shows its upbringing in tank with all of the grapey flavors. It is a good wine with some potential but I think there is stiff competitoin at the $18 price point. If you are curious to try this new wine then skip the 2008 and buy the 2009.


2009 Domaine Anne Gros & Jean-Paul Tollot, La 50/50, Vdt France
This wine has a light nose of purple, grapey notes and red fruit aromas. There are some initially ripe, red fruit that then turns tart/sour as the flavors morph into puckering, grapey fruit. There is some sweet, spiced fruit mixed in with red berries. There are fine+ tannins that cling to the side of the mouth. There are lots of adult grapey flavors, some spice, and an assertive character. It becomes chewier with air as a bit of heat escapes in the finish.

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