By: Keith Wollenberg | K&L Burgundy Buyer
Hello Burgundy Lovers,
The extremely well-regarded wines from Philippe Roty of Domaine Joseph Roty have arrived, and are spectacularly good.
They are already here, ON THE WEB, and available at 1-800-247-5987, so I wanted to let you all know as soon as possible, since it was a somewhat short crop and I am unlikely to be able to get more of the top wines.
The winter frost of December 2009 was severe as temperatures descended to -20°C. We lost around 3,000 vines but that needs to be viewed against our normal loss rate of between 1,800 and 2,000 annually. So while we definitely lost more than I would like I don't think you can call it a catastrophe. The poor flowering and rampant incidence of shot berries however were much more significant in terms of yield. We were down between 30 and 40% relative to a normal crop. We began picking on the 25th of September and there was some sorting work necessary but not ... Read More »
Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding Top value! A gentle touch of wood sets off ripe and very fresh aromas of red berry fruit, earth and cassis. There is good richness and volume to the vibrant and textured middle weight flavors that are shaped by phenolically mature tannins and fine length where a trace of oak resurfaces. This is a serious Bourgogne that will age. Recommended." (1/2013) K&L Notes: This comes from a parcel that was classified as Gevrey Chambertin, until 1994, and from vines of more than 40 years of age.
89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good bright red. Sappy aromas of red and black fruits. Juicy and precise, with bright acidity giving cut to the black cherry and spice flavors. Finishes long and perfumed. An excellent basic Marsannay bottling." (3/2013) Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Moderate wood still allows the ripe aromas of black cherry, cassis and a hint of underbrush to show through. There is a lovely vibrancy to the cool and delicious flavors that possess solid depth and length in the context of the appellation. This should drink well early on if desired yet reward mid-term cellaring as well." (1/2013)
90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Black cherry, licorice and menthol on the nose and palate, lifted by a note of violet. Bright, minerally and gripping, with firm tannins that coat the teeth. Finishes with intriguing saline minerality and the structure to age. 90(+?) points" (3/2013) 89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Here the wood treatment is more discreet if not invisible as it outlines the otherwise ripe, pure and fresh aromas of red cherry liqueur and wet stone nuances. There is good volume to the very rich and concentrated flavors that possess plenty of extract that coats the mouth on the vibrant and ... Read More »
90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding! Again moderate oak surrounds bright and fresh red pinot fruit liqueur aromas that merge seamlessly into dense and serious medium weight flavors that culminate in a dusty, complex, balanced and long finish. This doesn't have the same sappy mouth feel of the Ouzeloy but there is more overall depth here." (1/2013) 90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(13.8% natural alcohol; Philippe Roty told me that he uses about 20% new oak to age his Marsannays): Good deep red. Reticent but pure and very fresh aromas of blackberry and menthol. Penetrating acidity intensifies the black fruit an ... Read More »
91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Sexy aromas of black cherry, smoked meat, flowers and minerals. Concentrated, lush and deep; really spreads out to coat the palate with redcurrant and spice flavors. Nicely pliant for the vintage, showing no hard edges. Finishes with sophisticated tannins and excellent length." (3/2013) 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding! A notably ripe nose primarily evidences red cherry liqueur and warm earth aromas that are trimmed in enough wood to be noticeable without actually being invasive. The rich, round and agreeably textured medium weight flavors possess a slightly ... Read More »
89 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Outstanding! A similar if somewhat more deeply pitched and riper nose complements the rich, full-bodied and tautly muscular flavors that are blessed with an abundance of palate coating dry extract before culminating in a tension-filled finish. There is a backend touch of wood that surfaces but there is sufficient concentration present that this should have no problem integrating it quickly. A very impressive villages that is well worth considering." (1/2013) 89 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Redcurrant, violet and a whiff of smoke on the nose. Supple on entry, then tight in ... Read More »
2010 Domaine J. Roty Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru $315.00 Limit of 1 per customer
93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "Moderate wood encloses a distinctly sauvage nose of spice, earth, underbrush and humus that add plenty of depth to the fresh and ripe wild red berry fruit aromas. There is both excellent volume and superb richness to the impressively concentrated and opulent yet very firm full-bodied flavors that possess outstanding length where an echo of the wood treatment from the nose arrives as well." (1/2013) 93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "(Roty's three grand crus were aged in 90% new oak): Deep red-ruby, the darkest 2010 to this point. Superripe, almost decadent aromas of kirsch and smoke accen ... Read More »
2010 Domaine J. Roty Griottes-Chambertin Grand Cru $365.00 Limit of 1 per customer
95 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Full ruby-red color. High-pitched aromas of cherry, flowers and smoky oak. Powerful and vibrant in the mouth, offering exceptional energy to its dark raspberry and flinty mineral flavors. Gripping, sharply delineated Griottes with an explosively perfumed, brisk, palate-staining finish. I would not be surprised if this shut down soon for a long sleep. 95(+?) points" (3/2013) 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A wonderfully layered and ripe nose offers up notes of cassis, red currant and black cherry liqueur that precede the rich, generous and quite concentrated medium to full-bodied flav ... Read More »
2010 Domaine J. Roty Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru "Très Vielles Vignes" : $399.95 Limit of 1 per customer
96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Full, saturated medium ruby. Superb nuance and lift to the aromas of kirsch, violet, licorice pastille and crushed stone. Wonderfully sappy and alive in the mouth, with outstanding energy and tension to its dark fruit, floral and minerals flavors. Conveys a powerful impression of dry extract, not to mention an exhilarating balance of sweetness and acidity. Noble tannins coat every square millimeter of the palate on the building, vibrant aftertaste. A great vintage for this consistently outstanding bottling: this may yet merit an even higher score 12 or 15 years down the road. 96(+?) points (3/ 2013)
95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound
There is just enough wood to be visible but it should be absorbed in short order. Interestingly, the aromatic profile is relatively similar to that of the Griotte, though this has significantly more depth and concentration to the full-bodied, powerful and explosive flavors that benefit greatly from the exceptional depth of material before culminating in a massively long and impeccably well-balanced finish. Sometimes the Roty Charmes displays its wood for years but the 2010 version appears as though it will eat it sooner than usual. In short, this is a stunner of a wine that clearly outclasses its two grands crus stable mates so if you can find it buy it. (1/ 2013)
Mr. Keith WOLLENBERG
Directeur Commercial Bourgogne
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