A broad-ranging nose features aromas of humus, violet, plum, dark raspberry and again plenty of earth influence. This is also tautly muscular with plenty of size, weight and power yet the mouth feel is, at least at present, still relatively tender and caressing, all wrapped in a palate coating, long and balanced finish. There is excellent phenolic maturity to the supporting structural elements and this should amply repay 12 to 15 years of cellaring.
For the first time a little new oak (10%) has been used on the 2012 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, where part of the vineyard was replanted five years ago. The fruit here is a little blacker than the Mazis-Chambertin tasted prior, that new oak “plugging” the gaps that might have been there without the new wood. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins on the entry. There is a citric core of fruit here, touches of marmalade infusing the black and red fruit on the linear, mineral finish. This should age very well – a Clos de la Roche with substance and presence. (NM)
(10% new oak; from very ripe fruit picked early, according to Rousseau): Bright, dark red. Complex, primary nose melds sappy cherry, spices and rose petal. Tangy, sweet and fine-grained in the mouth, offering an exhilarating combination of urgent crushed fruits, flowers and loamy earth tones. Finishes with lovely stony length and reserve. Really shimmers on the aftertaste. (ST)
Violets, licorice, blue/blackish fruit and lavender inform Rousseau's 2012 Clos de La Roche. One of the deeper, more powerful wines in the range, the Clos de la Roche comes across as quite open and expressive. Today, the 2012 looks like more of a medium-term drinker within the context of Rousseau. (AG)
No new oak up to now. Big round black cherries on the nose. Real tang and life with some polish and more freshness than in the Chambertin grands crus. Zip! A wine that dances. (18/20 points)
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