Robert Parker 91-93
“The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru leans more toward red fruit than black fruit, just a little damp earth, wet leaf component that detracts from the purity. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly hard tannin, actually more like a Clos Saint-Denis, with touches of black olive on the masculine, maybe charmless finish? Let’s see how this matures in bottle. It may have just not performed on the day of my visit.”
They have 1.95 ha here. No frost in 2016. Barrel sample. Deep crimson. Really very sumptuous on the nose. Rather glorious. Very headily and obviously a grand cru. Dense and thick with a heavy tannic charge than most but thick. Massive. Impressive. Lots of ‘microbial life’ here!
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2046
The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru from Dujac has a muted nose. The fruit here is obscured by the heavy-handed use of new oak. The palate is chewy on the entry with, what seems like more extraction than its peers. As a consequence, it is lacking requisite breeding and complexity towards the finish that feels simple at the moment. Is there more to come? I hope so and knowing this producer, there probably is. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040