Chambertin Clos de Bèze is a large vineyard with some prominent yet somehow a bit under the radar wines from otherwise known producers. One such is Domaine Prieure-Roch in Premeaux – owned by one Henri Frédéric Roch.
To avid Burgundy collectors this name has a certain ring to it – and since it’s printed on the labels of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, there is indeed something special about the gentleman from Premeaux.
Henri-Frédéric Roch is the son of the late Pauline Roch, the older sister of Mme Bize-Leroy, and he is furthermore the co-gérant at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – hence representing the Leroy side of the DRC ownership.
Henri Roch founded his Domaine Prieuré Roch estate in 1988 with vineyards from different sources – including amongst others some from Domaine de la Romanée-Conti – Vosne-Romanée Clos Goilliotte, Vosne Romanée Les Suchots to name two.
Henri Roch also expanded the estate with a substantial plot of Chambertin Clos de Bèze … and now run a quite large and prominent estate in Premeaux alongside his family interest in Domaine de la Romanée-Conti.
The Roch Clos de Béze is considered as the top cuvée of the Prieuré Roch estate – and is among the most costly of the wines from this magnificent grand cru – but somehow not among the most well known wines from Chambertin Clos de Bèze.
So lets go to the very core of Chambertin Clos de Bèze!
The vineyard Chambertin Clos de Bèze
Chambertin Clos de Bèze is located between Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey-Saint-Denis – more specifically between the Grand Crus Mazis-Chambetin and Le Chambertin – see map below.
This is a large vineyard – in total 15.40 ha, divided between 16 owners according to Jasper Morris. There are however quite many negociant wines from Clos de Bèze .. so a quite large and diverse portfolio of producers.
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