Philosophy“Clos de la Roche” ("Rock") is suitably named. This is one of the rockiest, stoniest climats of the Cote. A shallow, but well-drained layer of red earth covers extremely hard rocky beds that wear out ploughs. Clos de la Roche wines ally unrivalled depth and freshness and have long been among the favourites of the Delaunay family who have always maintained faithful friendships within the village of Morey-Saint-Denis.
TerroirThis 16 ha Grand Cru appellation is splendidly located north of the village of Morey-Saint-Denis, just a stone’s throw from the “Chambertins”. Enjoying eastern exposure on an even slope at an average altitude of 250 metres, the vines benefit from the finest conditions. Our Clos de la Roche hails from a plot that is approximately sixty years old, straddling “Mauchamps” and “Fremières”, where the soil is at its shallowest.
Vinfication and ageingThe grapes were handpicked and meticulously sorted. A portion of the harvest was destemmed while 50% of the bunches of grapes were left intact for this cuvée. The grapes were transferred to vats using gravity, and fermentation began slowly under the influence of indigenous yeasts. Maceration lasted 21 days with sparing punch-downs to best honour the raw material. This cuvée, available in limited quantities, was aged for 20 months in a semi-new barrel.
Tasting notesGorgeous deep red in colour. Intense aromas of ripe cherry, candied sour cherry and blackcurrant are followed by scents of gingerbread, notes of cedar, light tobacco and a hint of coffee. Fine woody nuances then surface: cherry bark, incense, menthol, liquorice… The wine starts off fleshy on the palate, reminiscent of fruit pulp. The tannins are bold and characteristic of the vintage. They meld harmoniously with flavours of spices (cinnamon, pepper, cardamom…) and sunny notes of alcohol-preserved fruit. On the finish, notes of black fruit do not detract from the impression of freshness, finesse and subtlety.