2011 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein

2011 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein

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2011 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein

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Fine bright graceful mid purple. The bouquet shows a wealth of complex fruit along with a touch of toast from the Chassin barrels. There is dark cherry, perhaps blackberry and dark raspberry too. This starts smoothly in the mouth and then kicks on to another level with a vast surge of concentrated fruit. The structure shows both ripe tannins and a little trace of acidity, bringing out the savoury side of Clos de la Roche. This is an impressively dense wine, with very good grip and plenty of nervous tension. Very special this year.
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Burghound91-94/100
Jancis Robinson MW17/20
Burghound91-94/100
A touch of wood frames a strongly reduced nose that leads to rich, mouth coating and very suave big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors that possess plenty of palate drenching dry extract. There is good energy and plenty of power on the moderately complex, serious and very firm finish. There isn't as much depth at present compared to the Mazis and Clos de Bèze but there is first-rate underlying material and thus more should develop in time.
Allen Meadows - burghound.com - Jan 14, 2013 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17/20
Extremely dark crimson/purple. Sinewy and correct – less sweet than some of his wines. Jewelly intensity and the sweetness has many a facet. Very flashy with quite a bit of gas still. I’m sure these would stand out in a blind tasting – very dramatic. But they dry out on the finish.
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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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