A blend of several lieux-dits intended as a representation of the appellation, the 2014 Marsannay Villages has a generous nose with a touch of leather infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is well balanced with the new oak (30% to 40%) needing more time to be fully subsumed. But there is more than enough fruit to soak that up with time and as such, I would afford it a couple of years once in bottle. Returning to Domaine Joseph Roty two weeks after the untimely passing of Philippe Roty at 46 after a three year battle against cancer, as you would expect, one is filled with emotion far beyond that of appraising a new vintage. However, regretfully I have been in this same situation two or three times before and found that after obligatory condolences, there is always a desire to get back to some kind of normality and restore that sense of life going on. The blood stops running but the sap will always keep rising. And in a sense, Philippe is a strong spirit, a guiding influence at the domaine. Chatting with Pierre-Jean Roty, he told me how his brother had never relinquished until the very end, constantly asking him about the 2015 vintage. Photos and videos of the vines were bought in to his hospital and up until his last visits, he was still inspecting the vines and doing his best to continue as if he didn't have a matter of days left on this Earth. Perhaps one small consolation is that he died knowing that the domaine had been blessed with the 2015 vintage.
Medium red. Aromas of cherry, licorice and flowers. Flavors of redcurrant, iron and spices are supported by a firm spine of acidity and tannins. Still, this saline, earthy wine should evolve fairly quickly.
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