Auxey-Duresses Blanc, Les Crais, Alain Gras 2021


75cl ALC 13%

From vines averaging over 40 years grown on clay/chalk soils, all of which endows the wine with concentration, elegance and a lovely mineral character that brings excellent balance to the fruit.

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France, Burgundy, Côte de Beaune

Still White

100% Chardonnay

Dry and full

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Pork, Roast



Alain Gras

Alain Gras is the best grower in the beautiful, hilltop village of Saint-Romain le Haut and for many years has been the greatest ambassador of its wines.

Alain Gras wines are listed in most of France’s Michelin three-star restaurants which is down to his own sheer determination, and his friendship with the late master chef, Bernard Loiseau, of Saulieu. The domaine stands at 15 ha, the vast majority of which is at 1,300 feet above sea level in Saint-Romain. He also has vines at 1,050 feet in Auxey-Duresses and in Les Tillets, one of Meursault’s highest lieux-dits. Hot vintages favour these cooler sites and Alain admits that global warming is actually helping him! Alain is also very keen on la chasse to the point that making an appointment with him before nightfall in the shooting season is difficult; after all, the woodcock may be in. Visiting in daylight is therefore a rare treat for us with its chance of seeing Mont Blanc from his front door. One tastes with character-filled photographs of his grandfather, who lived to the age of 92, and his centenarian great-grandfather looking on. All that fresh air and Saint-Romain wine must have stood them well. Alain took over the running of the domaine in 1979 and has recently been joined by his son Arthur.

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Vintage guide

A warm season but with cooler nights, 2022 looks to have brought both excellent quality and, importantly, a decent quantity. The 2021 vintage was heavily affected by frost meaning quantities are well down though the quality is very good. 2020 was historically early and regarded as a great vintage. 2019 is a worthy successor to the excellent ‘18s, where low yields have given very concentrated wines. A seriously good vintage here in 2018 as the region escaped the frosts which have plagued recent years. They have a good crop of rich, aromatic whites across the region as a result. Despite a familiar and now all-too-frequent late frost in 2017 the growers in the Côte d’Or were better prepared and the vintage has delivered excellent results, with many domaines back to ‘normal’ yields. In the Mâconnais and Chablis growers were not quite so lucky with yields down for the second year but wines of excellent quality. What there is in 2016 is very good but sadly frost and hail had a bigger than usual impact this year, particularly in Chablis and the Mâconnais, but almost no-one escaped unscathed. 2015 produced round, full whites with good, ripe fruit. 2014 started well enough with an early spring but a cooler than average summer, and hailstorms in the south, reduced yields. The resultant wines, however, have elegance and beautiful balance. A cold season in 2013 meant yields were low but good growers have produced some very drinkable wines.

Delivery information

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*You should allow longer for delivery to the Scottish Highlands.


£5 on orders of £150 or more to a single address in mainland UK.

For orders under £150 please add £14.95 per delivery address.

Usually delivered the next working day (on orders placed before 1pm on a working day).

Please note, whilst the majority of parcels sent on this service are received the next working day, this is not guaranteed and excludes the Scottish Highlands.


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