Domaine Alain Gras
Alain Gras is the reference point for St-Romain. This extremely steep village (we didn't realise quite how steep until we took our Fiat 500 hire car there recently and very nearly didn't make it!!!) was considered part of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune until 1947. The vineyards are set back from the main Côte and mostly at higher elevation and have unquestionably improved in quality by the changes in climate and no longer struggle to reach full physiological maturity.
The domaine covers 12 hectares with 8ha being planted with Chardonnay and 4ha to Pinot Noir. There are 42 separate parcels but Alain prefers to blend the grapes into one cuvée.
Currently there are 26 restaurants in France with 3 Michelin stars and Alain’s wines are listed in 21 of them; these are very smart, gastronomic wines and extremely reasonably priced for the quality they offer.