The evolution of Dominique Laurent style has changed more than any other vignerons in Burgundy. His early wines had the 200% oak treatment, now he is making elegant vineyard driven wines. Growing up in Burgundy he knows many grape growers, and has some amazing old vine sources. This Clos de Roche is one of them, and he only makes a couple barrels of this wine. This wine is priced very fairly compared to other examples of this vineyard. This will be a beauty in time, with a great Vinous review.
Vinous (Steve Tanzer) 92-95 pts! Full red-ruby. A subtle suggestion of roasted ripeness to the flamboyant aromas and flavors of wild blueberry and blackberry, crushed rock, smoke and underbrush; this wine is from a very warm site and it shows in the nose. A real high-wire act on the palate, with terrific sweetness nicely supported by strong acidity (Laurent described this wine as a "Richebourg du sud"). A touch of salinity contributes to the impression of definition. Finishes extremely long and perfumed, with fine-grained tannins and excellent energy and lift. For all its ripeness, this splendid Clos de la Roche shows a captivating light touch.