2013 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

2013 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

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2013 Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, Olivier Bernstein, Burgundy

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The nose is very sensual and classy, with ripe cherry fruit giving a sense of very small, concentrated, ripe grapes. The wine has a very precise, pure, linear intensity, with a marvellous power. There is a superb nervous tension, with deep, dark fruit too cool to be called exuberant. Crisp with fine fruit, black cherry on the palate, lush and nicely put together, ripe tannins and crisp acidity: this is very fine. 
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The wood treatment is slightly more prominent compared to that of the Clos de Vougeot even if it remains relatively soft and certainly allows the ripe, fresh and layered aromas of plum, earth, spice and leather aromas to be easily appreciated. There is excellent intensity to the rich, opulent and delicious large-scaled flavors that possess plenty of muscle before culminating in a dusty, mouth coating and impressively persistent finish. This too should be approachable young but age effortlessly well too.
burghound.com - Apr 2015 Read more
Wine Advocate90/100
Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has an elegant bouquet, not as energetic as Virgile Lignier's own Clos de la Roche, adorned with earthy black fruit and dried flower (iris and violet) aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with sweet ripe raspberry and wild strawberry fruit, the tannins exerting a gentle grip in the mouth, fine structure with impressive density on the svelte and modern-style finish. Perhaps more approachable than other Clos de la Roche 2013s, yet this is still a worthy wine. Tasted September 2016.
Neal Martin - 29/11/2016 Read more
Jancis Robinson MW17.5+/20
Very dark crimson. Rich and round. Serious stuff. Drying tannins on the end but very energetic fruit in the middle. Racy and muscular. Just a little lacking in richness.
Jancis Robinson - jancisrobinson.com - Nov 2014 Read more

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 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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