This silky red gives an initial impression of purity, with a core of cherry and strawberry fruit, accented by sandalwood, vanilla, stone and white pepper notes. Intense and fluid, showing fine harmony and excellent length. Smoke and mineral details grace the aftertaste. (BS)
Reduction dominates the nose but I doubt that it will last as nuances of fruit are 'visible'. The broad-shouldered flavors possess even better size, weight and mid-palate concentration while offering fine power and drive on the sappy, complex and balanced finale. I very much like the overall sense of harmony though again, at least moderate patience is strongly advised.
Bright, dark red. Very ripe, musky nose combines purple fruits, mocha, brown spices and game, along with some subtle earth notes. The sweetest of these 2016s to this point but also fine-grained and elegant, with its intense fruit and soil flavors nicely framed by lively acidity. Very rich, dense and alive. Offers a classic Clos de la Roche combination of fruits, spices and soil character. (ST)
The 2016 Clos de la Roche from Domaine Rousseau is again a very red fruity interpretation of this lovely vineyard this year. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a complex and perfumed blend of red plums, cherries, raw cocoa, pigeon, complex soil tones and just a touch of vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very elegant in profile, with a sappy core, lovely transparency, fine-grained tannins and impressive grip and bounce on the long and classy finish. Again, if this adds a bit more structural assertiveness, my score will seem quite conservative.
When I tasted the 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from barrel, I wasn't convinced that it could match Rousseau's finest recent renditions of this cuvée such as the 2012, 2010 or 2005. From bottle, the wine has closed the gap, wafting from the glass with a deep bouquet of cherries, ripe red berries, raw cocoa, beetroot and sweet soil tones. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, with a pretty core of fruit framed by fine-grained tannins and lively acids. This is a delicate, sapid Clos de la Roche that will drink well with a decade of bottle age. (WK)
Rich and denser than most Rousseau wines. Morey drive. Edge of tannin and acidity. Really quite marked (even though we are not tasting from a new cask). Firm. Definitely to be aged. Lots to chew on with the haunting bouquet emerging only at the very end at the moment. (JR) 18/20 points
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