Rich, powerful red fruit and cherry nose, showing aromatic force and not overly dense. Rich and full-bodied, quite powerful without being overbearing, with firm tannins beneath the broad fruit. Structured, spicy, exuberant, and very long.Drinking Window 2019 - 2035.(SB)
20% new oak): Dark red. Superb precision and lift to the aromas of boysenberry, violet and licorice. Rich, sexy and voluptuous, with its fine-grained dark fruit flavors perfectly complemented by integrated oak. Consistent from start to vibrant, rising, extremely long finish, this wonderfully perfumed Clos de la Roche should be outstanding(ST)
A discreet lashing of wood easily allows the equally sauvage-suffused nose to display its array of various dark berries, earth, floral and soft underbrush scents. The energetic and beautifully well-detailed medium weight flavors exude a subtle minerality on the muscular finish that exhibits focused power and excellent persistence. This is one of those relatively rare wines that will age effortlessly for years yet should be enjoyable the entire way.
The 2015 Clos de la Roche from Domaine Armand Rousseau was also raised in twenty percent new oak this year and the wine is one of the best young vintages of this cru that I have tasted from the estate! The stunning nose soars from the glass in a sappy and complex mélange of red and black plums, cherries, gamebird, raw cocoa, a superb base of soil, vanillin oak, just a touch of mustard seed and a musky floral topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very sappy at the core, but also with a nice sense of structural reserve at the same time. The finish is very, very long, ripely tannic and perfectly balanced, with great grip and vibrancy. This will be stellar juice in the fullness of time, but it will deserve at full decade in the cellar to allow all of its secondary layers of complexity to emerge. Chapeau! (Drink between 2025-2080)
The 2015 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru took a while to open in the glass, which is unusual because I often find it relatively immediate. It is understated, again, very pure and charming with crushed strawberry, raspberry preserve and rose petal, sous-bois scents (pine cone and freshly tilled soil) surfacing with continued aeration. The palate is grainy on the entry with a tang of orange rind, tight at first but opening up towards the finish with a good grip, albeit without quite the precision of the Mazy-Chambertin at the moment.(NM)
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