Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Côte de Nuits

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset has undergone a radical transformation since the arrival in 2002 of...

viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

Clos de la Roche is a highly regarded Grand Cru of 16 hectares in Morey-Saint-Denis, which sits between Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny. 'La Roche' takes its name from a rock used in Celtic times for rituals. This Cru produces Morey's most robust wines. This wine was made from old vines which were managed intensively and organically: low yields were achieved through careful pruning, debudding, cluster thinning and little or no use of fertiliser. The hard brown pebbly limestone soil makes a very firm wine with longevity.

Vintage Information

The 2014 vintage was very promising and produced good yields. A hot and dry spring gave the false impression that this harvest would be an early one. Unfortunately what followed was a rainy, cold summer which meant that the head-start gained during spring was soon lost. However, maturation began to gather pace at the end of August and the warm weather in September allowed the grapes to ripen perfectly and the harvest began in mid-September. The plots of Pinot Noir were subjected to strict sorting, both in the vineyards and at the winery. The grapes brought into the wineries were ripe, healthy and aromatic.

Vinification

The grapes were carefully handpicked into 20 kilogram ventilated crates. They were sorted once at the vineyard and then again at the winery. The grapes were entirely destemmed (but not crushed) and transferred by gravity into tanks. Maceration lasted for three weeks, with occasional punching down of the cap. The wine was aged in oak barrels for sixteen to eighteen months, of which 50% were new.

Tasting Notes

Complex on the nose, combining violets and subtle red fruits that lead to spicy notes, earthiness and a touch of oak. Gorgeous length on the palate and a very elegant finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.4g/l
Residual Sugar 0.1g/l
Wine pH 3.48