JancisRobinson.com – 18
Cask sample. Mid cherry red but with less red than the Charmes-Chambertin. This is a very scented Clos St-Denis. Scented with peony and dark, sober, pure red fruit. Altogether elegant with more charm than seduction. This impression is confirmed on the palate, with elegance, extreme finesse in the tannins, and retiring fruit – yet no lack of fruit since it is all in balance. Dry, stony finish. Long and refined. You have to like subtle to like this but the length is impressive. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2029
Burghound – 92-95
A deft application of wood sets off liqueur-like aromas of plum, violet, lavender and a whiff of anise. There is terrific punch and chiseled detail to the intensely mineral-driven flavors that don’t have quite the same weight and power as the Clos de la Roche but offer more refinement on the linear, austere and graceful finale. Textbook CSD.
Vinous – 94-96
The 2019 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru is less immediate on the nose than the Clos de la Roche and takes time to unfurl, eventually revealing black fruit, wet loamy soil, mint and sage aromas. This is very complex. The palate is medium-bodied with a structured, serious opening. Very linear and very saline, this almost goes out of its way to avoid being enjoyable at this prenatal stage. Brutally backward, it will deserve serious cellaring.
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2050
Jasper Morris – 94-97
Glowing, majestic, imperial in colour. This is a dense ruby fruit, double damask, opulent, hedonistic, but for me less fine than the Clos de la Roche. This is a gorgeous wine but I want the other one! This is heady but not heavy, very deep in flavour and extremely long.