The 2005 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Lucien Le Moine was an absolutely gorgeous wine, though following winemaker Mounir's advice, as with all of his wines, I afforded it a long seven-hour decant and a vigorous shake. The bouquet has a crystalline purity, armed with maraschino cherries, fresh raspberry, orange sorbet and a touch of cold stone. The palate similarly has exceptionally fine clarity and precision, harmonious from start to finish, intensity married with freshness and vitality. Such is the poise but you hardly notice the intensity and length here. For sure, it is a grand cru in its infancy, although with appropriate decanting/aeration, I would begrudge anyone from opening a bottle now. However, it has the substance and breeding to last many years. (NM)
There's a beef bouillon accent to the plum and leather flavors, and this shows more structure than fruit now. But there's a core of ripe plum, black cherry, leather, mocha and spice, so be patient. Has lots of sweetness on the finish. Best from 2015 through 2040. (BS)
A densely fruited nose of ripe and distinctly earthy crushed red berry fruit aromas leads to delicious, rich and full-bodied flavors that are supple and sweet with ample extract and palate coating sap on the gorgeously long finish. While this is certainly a most admirable and distinctly imposing wine, it can't quite match the Clos St. Denis' sheer density of material and harmony of expression yet it's even bigger and more powerful. Drink: 2017+ *Don't Miss!*
Deep red. Knockout nose combines musky raspberry, leather, licorice, brown spices, minerals and flowers. Then compellingly sweet and silky on the palate, but with terrific energy to the soil-driven flavors of crushed stone, minerals, flowers and pungent spices. The oak element serves to further frame the flavors. A seamless, palate-staining wine with superb persistence, and the balance for a slow evolution in bottle. (ST)
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