2010 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

2010 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

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2010 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

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Bright pale purple, with a heavenly perfume behind, perhaps the most elegant wine in the cellar. Really pure and perfumed, with some violets in the bouquet, immensely long, with just a little spice in the mix. The stems give focus, precision and freshness. Gorgeous wine.
(Jasper Morris MW, BBR Buyer)
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Burghound92-94/100
Jancis Robinson17.5/20
Wine Advocate93-95/100
Burghound92-94/100
A highly complex and unusually elegant nose for young Clos de la Roche features notes of purple fruit, violets and spiced plum along with the usual pungent earth character that can also be found on the rich, intense and broad-shouldered flavors that possess a seductively textured mid-palate as well as excellent length. There is good phenolic ripeness to the supporting structural elements as well as plenty of tannin buffering extract. Drink 2022+
(Allen Meadows - burghound.com - March 2012) Read more
Jancis Robinson17.5/20
Firm and lively on the nose. Lots of juice and then a backbone. A bit sweeter than some. Very user-friendly though perhaps doesn’t express terroir to the max. Vivacious. Drink 2018-2032.
(Jancis Robinson MW - jancisrobinson.com - March 2012) Read more
Wine Advocate93-95/100
The 2010 Clos de la Roche looks like it will be a wine for the very patient. It possesses striking sweetness and perfume, yet comes across as a touch clenched on the mid-palate. Still, there is enough energy and vibrancy to make me think the wine will blossom nicely after it has settled down post bottling. Mint, flowers and sweet herbs come together in a rich tapestry of aromas and flavors on the highly expressive finish. As good as this is right now, the firm tannins really do beg for patience. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030.
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About this WINE

Olivier Bernstein

Olivier Bernstein

Much has changed in Burgundy, both economically and climatologically, since Olivier Bernstein began his eponymous project with the 2007 vintage. Yet the aim here remains essentially the same: to produce wines of the highest possible quality and to forego nothing in a quest to create elegant, sensual and refined wines that can sit comfortably among the top wines of Burgundy.

It is this quest for perfection that has seen Olivier cease production of two of his Premiers Crus in order to focus on his domaine holding in Champeaux, and the seven Grands Crus which are now well established in the range: Charmes-Chambertin; Mazis-Chambertin; Chambertin Clos de Bèze; Chambertin; Clos de la Roche; Bonnes Mares; and Clos de Vougeot.

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Morey-Saint-Denis

Morey-Saint-Denis

Morey is sometimes ignored between its two famous neighbours, Chambolle-Musigny and Gevrey-Chambertin, but its wines are of equal class, combining elegance and structure. Morey-St Denis, being that little bit less famous, can often provide excellent value.

The four main Grand Cru vineyards continue in a line from those of Gevrey-Chambertin, with Clos St Denis and Clos de la Roche the most widely available. Clos des Lambrays (almost) and Clos de Tart (entirely) are monopolies of the domains which bear the same names.

Domaine Dujac and Domaine Ponsot also make rare white wines in Morey-St Denis.

  • 64 hectares of village Morey-St Denis
  • 33 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards (20 in all). Best vineyards include Les Charmes, Les Millandes, Clos de la Bussière, Les Monts Luisants
  • 40 hectares of Grand Cru vineyard. Clos de Tart, Clos des Lambrays, Clos de la Roche, Clos St Denis and a tiny part of Bonnes Mares
  • Recommended Producers: Dujac, Ponsot, Clos de Tart, Domaine des Lambrays

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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