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.