Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Clos de la Roche Grand Cru — 2014

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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

    • As early as spring, the 2014 vintage appeared to be precocious. A particularly sunny and dry month of April favored the vines (the budding and flowering were ahead of schedule). These magnificent climatic conditions gave hope for a beautiful harvest. We already knew that a green harvest would be necessary to “lighten” the vines. The head start acquired during the beginning of the cycle was slightly lost with a typical Burgundy summer: wet and chilly without much sunshine. The ripening of our parcels began with a good rhythm during the end of August. Ideal maturing conditions returned in September with a promising harvest starting on the 13th. We began with the Mazis-Chambertin where we found a very nice balance and an agreeable freshness. Our grapes, already sorted several times directly on the vines over the summer, were once again rigorously sorted by our team of harvesters. The grapes were ripe, healthy, and aromatic. We decided to keep 30% of the stocks for all the batches (50% for the Bonnes-Mares). The result is a very beautiful and classical Burgundy vintage!

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  • Clos de la Roche Grand Cru – 2014 – 95 points – Wine Spectator

    “Smoke and animal aromas are underscored by black cherry and blackberry flavors in this ripe yet backward red. As the sweet fruit gives way to the finish, dense, pointed tannins emerge. However, the lasting impression is of sweet fruit...”

  • Clos de la Roche Grand Cru – 2014 – 95 points – Wine Spectator Insider

    "Smoke and animal aromas are underscored by black cherry and blackberry flavors in this ripe yet backward red. As the sweet fruit gives way to the finish, dense, pointed tannins emerge. However, the lasting impression is of sweet fruit…"

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