The Clos de Vougeot 2010 from Domaine Prieure-Roch is a gorgeous effort and a impressive Clos de Vougeot. The bouquet offer expressive red and dark berry fruit spiced with cinnamon, violets and all spice. On the palate quite weighty midpalate fruit … seems quite lightfooted .. but still power through a set of 2011 top end Bonnes Mares. Love the nerve and the energy in the long and intensely vibrant finish – 2010 is indeed a legendary vintage.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru 2010 from Henri Roch is showing well like the other fine 2010s from this fine Domaine. In the bouquet forward, crisp and bold – notes of raspberries, cherries, all spice and cinnamon – spiced with a nice earthy minerality. On the palate a fresh and quite transparent fruit. It offers nice midpalate weight and a lovely organic fruit – nicely focused by the fine acidity. Not in the same league as the gorgeous Argillieres .. but nevertheless a beautiful glass of pinot.
The Clos de Vougeot 2010 from Domaine Prieure-Roch is a lovely effort from this in my view somewhat overrated terroir. The bouquet offer expressive red and dark berry fruit spiced with cinnamon, violets and all spice. On the palate quite weighty midpalate fruit … darker and bigger than the Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Argillieres – but still with a lovely nerve and energy in the long and intense finish. Very vibrant, fresh and focused for a Clos de Vougeot … lovely juice.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Argillieres is a very interesting terroir located between Clos Arlot and Clos de Corvees in the very south of the appelation. The 2010 Argillieres is showing beautifully – it’s forward, crisp and bold. In the nose raspberries, gooseberries with hints of cherries, all spice and cinnamon – spiced with a lovely intense minerality. On the palate a delightfully fresh and transparent fruit – the midpalate is rich but very well focused by the firm and crisp 2010 acidity and the vibrant minerality from this wonderful terroir. I really adore this terroir – and the 2010 vintage seem to be the perfect match for the style of Domaine Prieure-Roch … very enjoyable.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Argillieres is a new 1er cru from Henri Roch. Les Argillieres is a very interesting terroir located between Clos Arlot and Clos de Corvees in the very south of the appelation. This vineyard has a very fine minerality – and Frederic Cossard made some very interesting wines from this plot. The 2009 Les Argillieres is showing even better than first time I tasted it back in 2012. In the nose raspberries, gooseberries with hints of cherries, all spice and cinnamon – spiced with a lovely stony minerality. On the palate very fine minerality and a fine acidity for a 2009. Love the terroir and the very refined and airy expression of fruit – very impressive for the vintage.
The 02 Hautes Maizieres from Prieure Roch is a gorgeous effort. In the bouquet red and dark berry fruit .. airy sous-bois, discrete vosne spices with hints of violets and rose petals. On the palate quite intense fruit … lush but still slightly unresolved with a focusing core of darker fruit. Less developed than the last bottle I tasted … need 3 to 5 years to reach a sufficient level of maturity. After one hour the red sweeter fruit becomes more dominant … and the complexity increases … the 02s from Henri Roch are magnificent.
The Clos des Corvees 1999 has entered a quite matured stage and is showing good form. In the nose organic red and dark berry fruit – spiced with cinnamon, allspice and hints of tar. On the palate quite intense fruit … fine length with a very nice mineral backbone. Love the terriors in the southern part of Nuits-Saint-Georges. A lovely wine … but these wine should not be enjoyed after transport … they need to settle down … in this case the sediments was stirred up, adding a slight volatile note to the wine. Nevertheless a lovely wine … would no doubt merrit a higher rating if the bottle was handled with more care.
The Vosne Romanee Les Hautes Maizieres 1996 from Henri Roch is a quite special combination of the powerful structure of the 96 vintage and the quite rich organic fruit in the domaine style. In the nose matured organic red berry fruit – spized with cinnamon, violets and a hint of gunpowder. On the palate quite rich organic fruit balanced by the quite rustic 1996 structure. Is somewhat rustic with tar and the classic 1996 citrus hint in the finish. I enjoyed this wine – but it’s not a wine for Burgundy rookies.
The Chambertin Clos de Beze 2008 from Henri Roch is a organic beauty. The nose is exploding with red berry fruit and spices – notes of raspbarries, strawberries, cinnamon, gooseberries and all spice. On the palate rich organic red fruit – intense and foucused by the quite impressive expression of the Clos de Beze terroir and the lovely crisp 2008 acidity. Really love the combination of the acidity driven vintage and the rich organic style of Prieure-Roch. If you like the style then the Clos de Beze from Roch is most likely one of the very best low SO2 wines made in Burgundy.
The 2002 vintage was a big succes at Domaine Prieure-Roch, and the Les Hautes Maizieres is no exception. The bouquet is very expressive with organic red fruit – notes of strawberries, peony rose, cinnamon and allspice. On the palate rich and quite lush fruit – very expressive and mouth coating. It’s a fine wine for this level, but is somehow lacking the focus of a bigger terroir. A wine of pleasure – mature now and should be consumed within the next few years. Really enjoyed this wine.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos De Corvees 2000 from Domaine Prieure Roch is fully mature and at it’s peak now. The bouquet is bursting cherries – moving on to strawberries, red current, violets and red forest berries. On the palate matured pure organic fruit – with a remarkable freshness. The fruit is very juicy and vibrant for a 2000 – best bottle I have tasted of this wine. Very fine for the vintage – but lacking the depth and intensity of a great vintage. Nevertheless a beautifully focused and balanced wine – pure pleasure.
The Clos Goilotte 2006 from Prieure-Roch is a very accessible wine. Made from a small vineyard inside the village of Vosne Romanee this top end village wine exibits lovely Vosne spicyness and minerality. In the bouquet red fruit with sweet notes of strawberries, and gooseberries spiced with hints of peony rose and rose petals. On the palate lush organic fruit – red, ripe and delightful – if you like this style. The combination of the rich and somewhat unfocused fruit of the 2006 vintage and this very lush terroir is perhaps a bit over the top – but who cares – it’s drinking beutifully. A wine for pleasure.
The Clos Goilotte 2001 from Prieure-Roch is quite mature and close to it’s peak. Made from a small vineyard inside the village of Vosne Romanee this top end village wine exibits lovely Vosne spicyness and minerality. In the bouquet red fruit with sweet notes of strawberries, and gooseberries spiced with hints of peony rose. On the palate lush organic fruit – red, ripe and delightful. Quite mature, intense and elegant – if you like this style. In my view a lovely wine for both tasting and drinking. Cheers!
The Vosne Romanee Les Hautes Maizieres is normally one of my favorite Roch wines … but it’s getting quite expensive. Haut Maizieres is in my view among the better village vineyards in Vosne Romanee, with a fine and quite delicate minerality. The 2009 edition of Hautes Maizieres is quite open, but still need time to integrate all the elements. In the bouquet a slight reduction, but offering fine sweet pinot aromas with strawberries, raspberries and black cherries as the main elements – spiced with cinnamon and a hint of peony rose. On the palate fine minerality and length, while the fruit appear slightly stewed due to the reduction in the wine. A quite refined and intense village wine. Will no doubt deliver a lot of pleasure when it’s matured – a fine effort.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Argillieres is a new 1er cru from Henri Roch. Les Argillieres is a very interesting terroir located between Clos Arlot and Clos de Corvees in the very south of the appelation. This vineyard has a very fine minerality – and Frederic Cossard made some very interesting wines from this plot. The 2009 Les Argillieres is more open than the to wines from Clos de Corvees, with only a little reduction. In the nose raspberries and gooseberries with hints of cherries and cinnamon. On the palate very fine minerality and a fine acidity for a 2009. While intense it seems more transparant and less dense in the fruit expression than the two wines from Clos de Corvees. In my view this vineyard is a very fine terroir – and dare I say at least as good as Clos des Corvees. A fine to very fine wine.
The Nuits 1er cru V.V. is a quite big step up from Nuits “1”. The Nuits 1er 2009 is more accessible than the “1”, with less reduction. In the nose fine delicate red and dark cherries, cherry stones – spiced with cinnamon and allspice. On the palate more weight and layers of fruit, not a heavy wine but quite intense pinot flavors. Good quite transparant expression of the terroir, with a nice balance to the rather sweet fruity notes. Not showing the full qualities at the moment – a fine wine from Henri Roch.
Domaine Prieure Roch is relatively unknown despite a range of very fine wines. The domaine is owned by Henri Roch, who is also co-owner and co-director of DRC. First vintage from this domaine was (as far as I recall 1988), and the wines were for several years made by Philippe Pacalet (his last vintage was 2000). The style is somewhat darker than Pacalet, but stylewise in the same territory – i.e. no or very low SO2 in the wines. The Nuits-Saint-Georges “1” 2009 is one of the entry level wines, made on 1er cru Clos de Corvees – a Roch monopole. There are normally three wines from Clos de Corvees – “1”, Nuits 1er VV and the Clos de Corvee – the latter could be considered as a signature wine from the domaine.
The Nuits “1” 2009 is sadly rather closed at the moment due to reduction/CO2. In the nose one can however find cherries, cherry stones, gooseberries spiced with cinnamon and allspice. On the palate more open, with a quite good density for a Roch wine – they are normally quite transparant and light – but with fine intensity. There is a good freshness and balance in this wine, but at the moment it needs time. A very good effort – will be drinking well after some time in the cellar.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos De Corvees is more or less the signature wine of Domaine Prieure Roch. The 2000 Clos de Corvees is now fully mature but very much alive. The bouquet is bursting with red fruits – strawberries and framboise – organic style. On the palate quite opulent lush pinot fruits, but with a good focus from a core of red fruit. The Clos de Corvees 2000 seems now fresher than the Goilotte 2000, but should be consumed within the next years. A pleasure!
The Vosne Romanee Clos Goillotte 2000 is a special wine. I really adore the Clos Goillotte vineyard – it may not have the depth and power of a Grand Cru, but it certainly produce wines with a lot of caracter and charm. The 2000 version of the Prieure Roch monopole is no exception. The bouquet is bursting with red fruits – strawberries and framboise – and very nice Vosne spices. On the palate good rich fruit, while the mature fruit is almost opulent, it has quite a fine structure for a 2000 – lacks a little focus. I my view this wine, while still beautiful, peaked a few years ago – and now showing a little fatigue as the fruit fades a bit.
Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!
I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.
The end of points
I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.
I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.
The potential is defined by the terroir
The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.
It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.
Here is the winehog.org rating system:
- Very Fine
- Very Good
- Above Average
- Below Average
The winehog rating system – converted to points
As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.
Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:
- Legendary – (99 – 100p)
- Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
- Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
- Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
- Fine – (91 – 92p)
- Very Good – (88 – 90p)
- Good – (85 – 87p)
- Above Average – (80 – 84p)
- Average – (75 – 79p)
- Below Average – (70 – 74p)
- Poor – (50 – 69p)
… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!