Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru — 2013

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • Produced from 50-year-old vines in Clos de la Roche, one of the four Grands Crus of the Morey-Saint-Denis commune. 13.41 hectares (33 acres) is the total vineyard area of the Clos under production. Limestone dominates in the Clos de la Roche, where the soil is barely 30 cm. (12 inches) deep with few pebbles but with large boulders which give the climat its name.

    • Vineyards: Clos de la Roche
    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”)
    • Viticulture: Two green harvests during the summer; sustainably farmed
    • Size: 13.41 ha (33 acres)
    • Vine Age: 50 years
    • Soil: Limestone
    • Elevation: 250 meters (820 feet) elevation
    • Exposure: East/southeast
    • Density: 10,000 vines/ha
  • Vintage Report

    • The 2013 winter was mild and humid. Budbreak took place later than usual, at the beginning of May. Spring began rather cold and rainy, especially in May. In all our plots, we were careful to have good grass presence in order to absorb water. Flowering was especially long because of low temperatures, beginning mid-June and ended in early July. Thanks to a nice summer, veraison took place in optimal conditions. The Burgundy harvest in 2013 began a month later than in 2011 and two and half weeks later than in 2012. We started on September 28 with Mazis-Chambertin (one of our oldest vines). Thanks to a wonderful and dry month of September, the sanitary state of the vines was good. We harvested beautiful grapes in our premier and grand crus from Côte de Nuits. Fortunately we finished just before the heavy rains that started around October 10.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 28-October 6
    • Average Yields: 30 hl/ha (2.22 tons/acre)
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: No heating, only temperature control to avoid the temperature rising above 31 C (87 F); 50% whole cluster; indigenous yeast
    • Maceration: 5-7 days cold maceration; total maceration of 20-22 days
    • Malolactic: 100%
    • Barrel Aging: 16 months in 100% new oak from the forests of Jupiles and Fontainebleau
    • Coopers: Stéphane Chassin
    • Filtration: None
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
    • Production (in cases): 350 cases
    • Production Case Pack: 6/750ml
    • Alcohol: 13%
    • Optimum Drinking: 2020-2050
  • Tasting Notes

    • The wine is ample, deep and savory, marrying power and delicacy, while on the nose one finds violets and red cherries along with spices (pepper, cinnamon, cloves). The mouth deploys a tapestry of tannins with fine, velvety texture.

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Reviews

  • Clos de la Roche Grand Cru – 2013 – 94 points – Wine Spectator

    “An expressive wine, seductive for the silky texture and purity of cherry fruit. Licorice, spice and sandalwood notes add depth as this cruises to a long, smooth aftertaste, echoing the spice and toasty oak accents.”

  • Clos de la Roche Grand Cru – 2013 – 92-94 points – Burghound.com

    "... ripe, fresh and layered aromas of plum, earth, spice and leather aromas ... excellent intensity to the rich, opulent and delicious large-scaled flavors … culminating in a dusty, mouth coating and impressively persistent finish …"

  • Clos de la Roche Grand Cru – 2013 – 17.5+ points – JancisRobinson.com

    "Very dark crimson. Rich and round. Serious stuff ... very energetic fruit in the middle. Racy and muscular ..."

  • Clos de la Roche Grand Cru – 2013 – 94 points, Hot Wines – Wine Spectator Insider

    “An expressive wine, seductive for the silky texture and purity of cherry fruit. Licorice, spice and sandalwood notes add depth as this cruises to a long, smooth aftertaste, echoing the spice and toasty oak accents.”

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