2016
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Pinot Noir
Description

his wines name alone makes one almost forget that it hails from one of the most famous Grand Cru villages: Morey-Saint-Denis.

Nestled between Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny, Morey-Saint-Denis produces five Grands Crus. Located at the north of the commune, Clos de la Roche takes its name from a boulder that the Celts used for their rituals. Lying adjacent to the Latricières-Chambertin vineyard, it produces Moreys most robustwines. This vineyard is difficult to work, with such stony soil that was considered to be a backbreakerby the growers of yesteryear. This hard, brown limestone soil yields very firm wines that are well-suited to ageing. The current surface area of Clos de la Roche is 16 hectares.

Please note that this is an imported wine and cannot legally be shipped to GA, IA, IL, IN, LA, ME, MI, MO, MT, SD, VA or WV.

Tasting Notes
Appearance: 

Purple and shiny color. 

Aroma: 

Powerful aromas of red and black fruits, hints of violet and sweet spices. 

Palate: 

Very concentrated, supple with fine tannins. In the middle of the mouth, we discover mineral notes that bring persistence and a nice freshness to this wine.

Winemaking
Vintage Notes: 

2016 – a miraculous vintage! Given a difficult start, the wines of Burgundy have an unexpected high quality - as much as we could have hoped. After one of the mildest Winters since 1900, the growers suffered vineyard damage in Springtime which severely reduced the
size of the potential harvest. In fact in the month of April we experienced devastating frosts over an exceptionally wide area. Hailstorms caused further damage during May in the Maconnais and North Burgundy. The weather changed completely with the arrival of Summer: with sunshine and warmth which allowed the vines to catch up with their growth. There was adequate rainfall which helped the growth continue in good conditions with the harvest taking place just at the right time. Vintage 2016 thus offers some fine surprises with wines of potentially high quality. The white wines have fine fruit aromas, are generous with good body and will be ready to drink while young whereas the red wines are powerful, tender, concentrated and will be ideal for ageing.

Tech Notes
  • Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
  • Harvest Date: 9/24/2016
  • Aging:
    • 18 Months
    • French oak
    • 100% New oak
  • Production: 900 bottles
Pairs Well With
Meats & Fish:
Fettuccine with Shiitake Mushrooms & Basil Recipe
Cheese & Nuts:
Medium cheeses. Goat cheese
SKU:
1JBCRFR316
$330