(50+% vendange entier): Good full, deep red. Very ripe on the nose but a bit less floral and delineated than the Clos Saint-Denis. Fat, silky and sweet on the palate, with a salty minerality currently overshadowing primary fruits. Bigger than the Clos Saint-Denis but less sophisticated. Seems close to overripe, but finishes with solid tannic support and excellent length.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2012
Burghound | Rating: 95
A ripe but cool and restrained nose features intense violet and rose petal aromas as well as ripe red cherry liqueur and spice nuances is trimmed in discreet wood. There is terrific concentration to the intense, palate staining and overtly muscular flavors that give off a very fine minerality that adds lift to the driving, long and impeccably well-balanced finish. This too should age extremely well.
Author: Allen Meadows
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
The 2010 Clos de la Roche bursts from the glass with super-ripe red cherries, raspberries, rose petals and spices. The Clos de la Roche boasts striking inner perfume, impeccable balance and the silkiest of tannins, all in an elegant, racy package that is absolutely irresistible. Layers of deeply perfumed fruit build effortlessly to the energetic, expansive finish. This is another dazzling showing from Virgile Lignier. The 2010 is a blend of estate and purchased fruit, approximately two-thirds and one-third respectively, and was made with 40% whole clusters.