Robert Parker – 90
The Clos de la Roche in bottle mirrors my barrel tasting closely. The bouquet is just a little more subdued than I hoped, like a bird that cannot get off the ground. The palate compensates with sultry red-berried fruit, wild strawberry, redcurrant, a touch of underbrush and a limestone component that has evolved in bottle. Yesâ€¦it never soars. Will it ever? Drink now-2017. Tasted November 2009.
Anticipated maturity: 2010-2017
Vinous – 90+
Good medium red. Aromas of kirsch and briary brown spices, with a medicinal aspect. Bigger, richer and deeper than the Mazy but more brooding and medicinal today. For its size and concentration, this shows very suave tannins for the year. But has the acid spine for a slow evolution in the bottle. I’d forget about this one for seven or eight years.
JancisRobinson.com – 18.0
Extremely rich and seductive on both the eye and nose. Wonderfully satisfying and balanced in terms of perfume already. Great freshness and clarity of fruit. Really quite racy and punchy. So pure! The opposite of galumphing – like a thoroughbred racehorse. Fresh, sappy fruit. Terribly impressive.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2032