Domaine Joseph Roty Bourgogne Rouge 2018


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Alcohol: 14%

Grape(s): Pinot Noir

Localization: Burgundy, France

Tasting Notes: From parcels in Marsannay, Roty’s Bourgogne Rouge offers up aromas of cherries, raspberries, dark chocolate and sweet soil tones. Medium to full-bodied, rich and velvety, with powdery tannins and a succulent core of fruit, it’s showing well.

The Domain: Domaine Joseph Roty boasts one of the largest concentrations of old vines in Burgundy, averaging about 65 years. The domaine is fanatical about old vines, they have some of the oldest in France, the living ambassadors of the affinity the Roty’s so obviously feel for their land. Coupled with late picking, which further concentrates yields and with fermentation below 30 degrees, and a cuvaison of three weeks, the structure and complexity is consequentially remarkable and the winemaking uncompromising in achieving this. With a little age these wines develop wonderful aromatics with the characteristic Pinot Noir flavors of black cherry and stone fruit.  The old vine fruit contributes the length of flavor and great complexity.  

One of the great domaines of Gevrey. Pierre-Jean has taken up the reins and seems to be intent on following the family's somewhat idiosyncratic, uncompromising path. “Nothing changes” as Madame Roty told us on our last visit. These are not fashion-conscious wines, everything is destemmed, new oak is relatively high, around 50% on the village wines, 60-70% on the Lieux-Dit and 100% on the Grand Cru. They are wines made to age, there is little point opening them young.