Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche 2011

The Clos de la Roche 2011 from Ponsot is a very intense and special wine. In the nose delicate sweet almost perfumed ripe fruit with notes of forest strawberries, raspberries, liqueur … spiced with violets and a deep but discrete earthy minerality. The fruit in the nose is airy and delicate with no restraints from new oak. On the palate very ripe airy fruit …. outstanding midpalate weight and concentration …. culminating in a very balanced long finish with a very fine focusing acidity. The layers of ripe fruit infuse aromas of red berry fruit, prune and plum. A big and very special wine … with a unique balance between the rich, ripe and airy fruit and the framwork of intense minrality and crisp acidity. The sweet and ripe midpalate is currently a bit over the top for me …. nevertheless an outstanding wine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2028) – Outstanding (96p) – Tasted 26/02/2014

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Domaine Dujac, Clos de la Roche 1999

The Clos de la Roche 1999 from Dujac is a gorgeous wine … and is showing fine form. The nose is expressive with crisp and quite floral red berry fruit supported by a lovely earthy minerality. On the palate delightful and vibrant red fruit … lovely energy and balance. This wine is more forward and floral than a bottle tasted a year ago … but is somehow also missing a bit of weight compared to the previous bottle. It’s nevertheless a both impressive and very delightful wine …. quite adorable for a 1999.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2018) – Very Fine+ (95p) – Tasted 31/12/2013

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Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche 1999

I really love Ponsot wines when they are open and accessible … sadly it’s somehow difficult to find the drinking window on the Ponsot wines. Quite a lot of 1999 reds are starting to show beautifully – but this is not the case with Clos de la Roche from Ponsot. The nose is quite dark and slightly introvert with raspberries, plum, tar, dark cherries and some exotic asian spices … curry! On the palate it’s quite dense and intense, but not very powerful for the vintage. It needs 5 to 10 years more in the cellar to unfold. A very fine glass of pinot … but at the moment its lacking the Ponsot magic. Drink the 2000 and keep the 2002 and the 1999 in the cellar.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2019) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 31/12/2013

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Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche 1999

The Clos de la Roche 1999 from Hubert Lignier is still very youthful and a real powerhouse. In the bouquet intense dark fruits, cherries, liquorice, oriental spices and a hint of sous-bois. On the palate quite dense and dark fruit, it’s rich but also quite rustic with abundant tannins … really need time to unfold. Love the weight and minerality … but it is a very muscular wine currently. A big but classic Clos de la Roche … old school Hubert Lignier at it’s best .

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Very Fine (93p) – Tasted 03/10/2013.

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Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche Vieilles Vignes 2000

The Clos de la Roche 2000 from Domine Ponsot is a lovely fully mature wine. The bouquet is open and expressive with red berry fruit and sous-bois – notes of orange and truffles. On the palate mature red fruit – quite rich and transparent for the vintage. It offer a fine complexity and a good display of terroir – but is fading slightly after some time in the glass. A typical 2000 – very harmonious but lacking a bit of focus, depth and energy. Drink now – before the slightly oxidative note in the finish get more pronounced. A lovely glass of mature pinot.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink Now) – Fine 91p – Tasted 18/03/2013

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Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche 2002

The Clos de la Roche 2002 from Hubert Lignier is still quite young and undeveloped. It’s made from 35 to 45 year old vines located in the parcel Monts Luisants – and the 2002 vintage is one of the very last made by Romain Lignier who sadly passed away in 2004. In the bouquet cherries and dark berries – but starting to show a few sweet red notes. On the palate quite tight with a fine concentration and length. The fruit is still young, dark and quite backward for a 2002 – with a strong backbone of tannins and acidity. A beautiful Clos de la Roche – but not quite in the same league as the magnificent 1999 from this domaine.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2017) – Very Fine 93p – Tasted 08/12 2012

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Domaine Dujac, Clos de la Roche 1999

The Clos de la Roche 1999 from Domaine Dujac is one of the most impressive wines I have tasted from this fine domaine. It’s still young but starting to unfold the potential it showed from cask back in 2000. In the bouquet blue and red berry fruit – with pure notes of raspberries, strawberries and forest floor. On the palate very airy ripe fruit, perfectly balanced with extraordinary depth. Very pure and cool fruit for the vintage, without the slightly rustic notes found in quite many wines from this vintage. It’s still young but already showing fine complexity and displaying excellent transparancy for the vintage. Need at least 5 years more in the cellar to show the full potential. A truly great Clos de la Roche in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) – Outstanding 96p – Tasted 05/12/2012

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Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche 2003

The Clos de la Roche 2003 from Hubert Lignier is a quite drinkable 2003. Made from 35 to 45 year old vines located in Monts Luisants. In the bouquet cherries, blue berries, strawberries and prune with a hint of sous bois. On te palate quite finely balanced with a good focus. The tannins are silky but is providing some structure together with the fine minerality. The fruit is slightly stewed – aromas of very ripe/slighly overripe fruit – typical 2003. The old school Lignier style suits this vintage … not a great wine though … but a quite enjoyable 2003.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2016) – Very Good 89p – Tasted 24/11 2012

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Domaine Armand Rousseau, Clos de la Roche 2011

The Clos de la Roche is the odd one out in the Rousseau lineup – a beautiful wine – but quite different from the Gevrey wines. In the bouquet red and darker fruit notes – dark cherries and forest berries with hints of vanilla. On the palate deep and pure fruit, more roundly structured and finely balanced with a quite powerful acidity and minerality. A beautiful Clos de la Roche in the making.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Fine+ (92 – 93p) – Tasted from cask 26/10/2012

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Domaine Ponsot, Clos de la Roche 1993

The Clos de la Roche 1993 from Ponsot is a big tannic wine. It’s beginning to soften a little, and is now showing a little more red fruit. It’s a little more approachable than in 2008, where it was very youthfull, but the development is very slow.

The bouquet is now showing some sweet red fruits – raspberries and strawberries and a hint of red cherries. In some sense open, but the acidity and tar is indicating otherwise. On the palate quite a lot of acidity, tannins, and a quite tight fruit. After a little time in the glass it starts to show a little better, but in reality this wine needs 10 years more in the cellar to soften the tannins. Big potential – but will it ever soften and be charming as the fine 1988. I’m willing to give it a chance!

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2020) – Very Fine – 93p

Tasted 09/03/2012

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Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche 1999

The Clos de la Roche 1999 from Hubert Lignier is still very youthful and a real powerhouse. In the bouquet sweet dark fruits, cherries, liquorice, oriental spices and a hint of forrest undergrowth. On the palate dense dark and ripe fruit, fine ripe tannins and a good backbone of minerality. Very powerful, but still quite refined – a classic Clos de la Roche and old school Hubert Lignier. Will not reach full maturity before 2020. What a great wine!

(Drink from 2022) Outstanding – 95p

Tasted 28/02/2012

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Hubert Lignier, Clos de la Roche 2002

The Clos de la Roche 2002 is an excellent effort from Hubert Lignier. Old school Lignier, quite dark aromas, but also some elements of sweet red fruit in the bouquet. No quite ready to drink, but there are some sweet mature notes on the palate, still the darker tones in the fruit are dominating the wine. Very fine balance and length a very fine rather traditional Burgundy.

(From 2017) Very Fine – 93p

Tasted 09/09/2011

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