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. In sum, this very firm but well-balanced effort is very clearly built to age and will need plenty of cellar time.
Drink Dates: 2025+
Author: Allen Meadows
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94
Good deep red. Soil-driven aromas and flavors of wild berries, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate and underbrush. At once silky and energetic, with perfectly integrated acidity intensifying the wine's flavors. Most impressive today on the rising finish, where ripe tannins are well supported by palate-staining black cherry fruit. This outstanding example of Clos de la Roche seemed to shut down in the glass and is likely to need a decade or more of bottle aging.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2013
Wine Advocate | Rating: 95
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.