Maison Roche De Bellene

Domaine Dujac

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2009

Complex and focused. Cherry and flowers and fantastic structure. This is a mature wine and a wise old world wine. Opened up after first hour. No decant. Looking forward to the next bottle. — a month ago

Shay, Jan and 10 others liked this

Domain Normand (Sylvaine & Alain Normand)

Mâcon La Roche-Vineuse Chardonnay 2018

Really like this French Chardonnay from Lush. — 3 months ago

Domaine Pierre Amiot et Fils

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2013

Cranberries and black cherry. — a month ago

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Domaine Armand Rousseau

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Pinot Noir 2013

Lynn Penner-Ash

Lovely density and fruit — 2 months ago

Shay, Veronika and 6 others liked this

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. — 4 months ago

Nicolas, Ted and 6 others liked this

Nicolas Joly

Clos de la Bergerie Savennières Roche aux Moines Chenin Blanc 2016

Deep Sauternes-like gold. Honey, straw, and ripe pomes on the nose. Echoed on the full-bodied palate which adds a sharp mineral streak from entry to the lengthy finish. Acidity is high, of course, and is needed to balance the effects of the 15.5% alcohol. Another winner from Nicolas Joly. A "thinking man's white" that should be comfortable at almost any table. From now through 2031. — a month ago

Paul, Dawn and 5 others liked this

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. — 2 months 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.
— 4 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.