With all my time being devoted to hitting the books, it was wonderful to find myself on a much-needed four day trip with one of my closest friends. We loaded into a Zipcar with our luggage and my Pomeranian River and set out due west seeking adventure. About an hour and a half from Manhattan we found ourselves in Philadelphia. Now, I have a slight bias toward any city residing in my home state of Pennsylvania, but that aside Philadelphia has become one of my favorite city’s to visit. Its thriving foodie and arts scene keeps me coming back for more (the night life isn’t that bad either :P). Needless to say we had a wonderful time, and a dining experience worth every penny we paid for it if not more! I usually try my best not to mix business with pleasure but I had such an amazing dinner with a fabulous bottle of wine that I knew I just had to share it with everyone. That being said I give you my tasting of Michel Gros’ Morey Saint Denis as well as a little blurb on my fantastic meal at Fork.
History Of Domaine Michel Gros
The Gros family began making wines around the 1830’s. Today four domaines are being run with direct ties to the original Gros family including his brothers'(Bernard Gros), sisters'(Anne-Francoise), and cousins'(Anne Gros). Michel began making wine with his father Jean Gros in 1975 and in 1978 began his own domaine with land he received from him. The 2009 “En La Rue de Vergy” was entirely handpicked, un-chapitilized and aged around 18 months in 30-40% new french oak barrels.
- Domaine Michel Gros Morey Saint Denis 2009 Tasting Notes
Medium Body 12.5% Alc By Vol.
Color : Brick Red
100 % Pinot Noir
Michel’s 2009 “En la Rue De Vergy” is a true work of art. I had my reservations about it being on the Village level and not a cru of any sort but was hugely impressed. Giving myself a fair reminder that it’s not the classification that always has the most baring on what you actually like. Not all too surprising is Michel’s current efforts to have the land re-evaluated by the French AOC’s, hoping to one day have the land receive Premier Cru status. The nose starts of with enticing light aromas of leather, anise, and licorice mixed with subtle hints of white pepper and blueberry. The palate has all the familiar flavors of a steak rubbed with black peppercorn. Lite oak is very apparent on the tongue as well as some muted notes of dried dark cherries. The body of this wine is extremely round with acidity and tannins blending effortlessly together.
I always make it a point to have at least one phenomenal dinner when on a vacation or celebrating a holiday. This small little get away landed us with a reservation at Fork. Let me just say now I don’t think we could have found a better place to dine while in Philadelphia. Originally I was drawn by their menu being mainly “tasting” driven, of course “a la carte” ordering is available. However, I highly recommend diving in and seeing what Chef Eli Kulp has to offer you. We were taken through an amazing nine courses. None of which we will be forgetting any time soon. Eli’s use of local and seasonal ingredients is beautifully executed from start to finish. The service at Fork was really the icing on the cake. Every person that touched the table to clear, mark, or describe the new course was extremely friendly, and passionate about their work. Attention to detail is clearly co-owner Ellen Yin’s main goal and her staff executes it flawlessly. I had a few briefs moments to exchange bits of banter with Ellen on wine and she is a true treat. I’d also like to thank her for her excellent recommendation of the Michel Gros, I can see it becoming a favorite of mine for years to come. As for Fork- I look forward to my next visit and to see what scrumptious surprises they’ve managed to cook up next.