Maison Roche De Bellene

Maison Roche de Bellene

Meursault Charmes 1er Cru Chardonnay 2014

A real stunner!!! Pear, minerality, butter, crisp, and beautiful body. Thankfully I have four more bottles in the cellar. — 11 days ago

Domain Normand (Sylvaine & Alain Normand)

Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse Chardonnay 2018

Really like this French Chardonnay from Lush. — a month ago

Domaine Hubert Lignier

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2001

Blinded, KP thought this was a Grenache which I felt was an excellent guess due to the ripeness and structure of the wine (notably, “Grenache” would only have led us down the path towards one producer 😉). Plus, I honestly think Grenache is just warm-climate Pinot 😂 (there I said it!).

With Grenache ruled out, I gave perhaps my best performance in a blind tasting during the trip - Burg, at least a premier cru from Morey or Gevrey, and a warm vintage (2000 I claimed!). Safe to say I got pretty close.

With games done and dusted, we were finally free to enjoy the wine, and what a wine it was. Boah! So good. My red and wine of the night. Terrific nose of dark cherries, earth, musk, black tea, dried roses and herbs, as well a touch of oak spice and meatiness. Powerful palate with an inner sweetness, assertive stoniness, and beautiful balancing acidity. It just caresses your mouth with layers of fruit and minerals, prompting the next sip before the brain could even register swallowing the last. I could chug this really, but that would be uncouth and a terrible disrespect to the wonderful nose. A wine that fits the coveted bill of “power with weight” perfectly. Thanks MJ for sharing this.
— 2 months ago

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Jay Kline

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H. Lignier’s Clos de la Roche is truly special.
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@Nicolas Greinacher Thanks! Blinds are always good fun if no one expects you to be strongest blind taster 😂 That’s true! In my head it could only have been Rayas if it was a Grenache… so layered and elegant… but others might have given a more educated guess on the producer. Hahaha.

Nicolas Joly

Clos de la Bergerie Savennières Roche aux Moines Chenin Blanc 2014

Okay, so there are haters out there that don’t appreciate Joly’s approach to winemaking and question his vineyard practices. Something about his commitment to biodynamics and not doing his vineyards justice. Well, people are entitled their opinions and if those opinions keep his wines away from some people, that’s okay because it just means more for me. The 2014 Clos de la Bergerie is a wine of tremendous soul. For the uninitiated, it’s going to bend the mind. Visually, it pours an almost alarming, burnished gold color that is slightly turbid. On the nose and the palate, it’s a wonder. Bruised apples, marmalade, honeysuckle, lanolin…whoa. The acid makes the whole thing work so well. This is drinking really well right now but I expect these will drink well over the next 5-10 years…possibly more. These wines really need a crazy amount of air. Like…insane. I really wish I could drink them more often. Unfortunately, I’m not that privileged. — 22 days ago

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Great write up. Adore Joly 💪
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@Ely Cohn thank you!

Domaine Pierre Amiot et Fils

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2005

This is why I waste my time with Burgundy. — a month ago

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Domaine Louis Remy

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2001

At 21 yo this is coming into its own. — 2 months ago

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Domaine Dujac

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2006

Alec Seysses is a big believer in his ‘06, says it’s better than the ‘05. Still, a group at our table found the intensity of the ‘10 made it the Clos de la Roche to put away. The ‘09 was related by Seysses as their first vintage with over-ripening concerns, however deftly handled. The ‘14 had large support as delicious and most enjoyable at present. Ripe, dense, and quite open was the ‘19 with a huge future. The ‘17 Clos de la Roche was also served. Sneaking into the picture, and maybe my favorite of the night, was the ‘17 Clos Saint-Denis (see score). — 7 days ago

Domaine Armand Rousseau

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir

Lynn Penner-Ash

Lovely density and fruit — 16 days ago

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Domaine Arlaud

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2010

WOTN. Beautiful wine. Second time having it with consistent notes. The mineral spine here is terrific. — 2 months ago

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Domaine Ponsot

Cuvée Vieilles Vignes Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2014

A full bodied fruit rich clos de la roche. Still needs some time to develop but drinks beautifully. Perfect remedy for a dreary Sunday afternoon. — 2 months ago

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