JancisRobinson.com – 16.5+
Gentle dark-red fruit and a hint of spice, just slightly stalky too. The oak jumps in on the palate and there’s just enough fruit to hold its own with the oak. Dry, just avoids austerity but it does lack fruit in the middle. They have made a good fist of it and in time it should be blossom into something elegant. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030
Robert Parker – 92-93
The 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, which comes from three sources, is a little more savory on the nose compared to the Clos Saint Denis, perhaps sans the same level of purity. There is more tertiary notes here, a hint of bacon fat even. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, slightly broader tannin than the Clos Saint Denis that lends it the weight, the presence, albeit without the nervosité or the mineral core expressed by the Clos Saint Denis. Very fine, but I would like to see more nuance develop during the rest of its élevage.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2035