Top Terroir: Gino Nardella's Producer Picks

Gino Nardella, Master Sommelier at The Stafford London by Kempinski, shares his current three favorite wine producers.

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On Top Terroir we ask a different wine expert who his or her favorite wine producers currently are. In this installment, Gino Nardella, Master Sommelier at The Stafford London by Kempinski shares his picks — all three, as it happens, descended from a famous estate, Domaine Louis Gros, which was divided among family members after its proprietor's demise in the early 1950s:


Producer: Domaine Anne Gros

Location: Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy, France

Why? The very charming Anne Gros has been in charge of the domaine since 1988. She inherited the vineyards from her father, Louis Gros' son François Gros. The small domaine, around six hectares in total, located in and around Vosne-Romanée, has three grand crus — Richebourg, Clos Vougeot, and Echezeaux — together with a village Vosne-Romanée and a Chambolle-Musigny. Passionate about what she does, Gros has produced, over the last decade, some of the finest Pinot Noir in the world. Her wines are delicious, with purity, intensity, depth of character, and individuality, qualities very often missing in Burgundian reds.


Producer: Domaine Michel Gros

Location: Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy, France

Why? Michel Gros, another of Louis Gros' grandchildren, makes superlative wines. His Clos Vougeot and his Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Brulées are the benchmark for their appellations.


Producer: Domaine Gros Frère et Soeur

Location: Vosne-Romanée, Burgundy, France

Why? Bernard Gros, Michel's brother and Anne's cousin, now makes Burgundies of very high quality at yet another family-run estate. Although chunkier than their wines, with a fruity core, they are accessible earlier, and are undeniably great wines.