The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a harmonious and captivating bouquet: ebullient red berry fruit that are a little darker than Bichot’s own Clos de la Roche: wilted rose petals and hints of orange pith. It is initially very seductive but to my chagrin, returning after 10 minutes, the aromatics appear to have gone into their shell! The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red berry fruit intermingling with blood orange and a hint of curry leaf. Impressive depth here, very harmonious from the start till the end with a gentle grip on the finish. There is still a little oak to be assimilated, but there is enormous potential here. Tasted blind at the 2016 Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2055
Robert Parker 97-99
“The 2016 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru is matured in 30% new oak with up to 30% whole cluster fruit, two-thirds from Montluisants and one-third Fremiers. It has an intoxicating bouquet that is extraordinarily complex: shimmering red berry fruit, blood orange, incense and a touch of crushed violet. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grain tannin, wonderful depth and harmony, laser-like focus toward the finish that lingers in the mouth. Stunning mineralité here-the tongue feels as if it licked limestone 30 second after the wine has disappeared. If there is a better Clos de la Roche then I have not tasted it (yet).”
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2050