2014 Louis Jadot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)
What a wine! Beautiful savoury nuances where delicate hints of umami complement minerally red and black fruit. Incredible complexity and amazing silky texture. For me (GB), this is the wine of the vintage, showing supreme elegance in all aspects. Extremely rarely do I give 99 or 100 points to very young wines, but I could easily have broken my own rule here. Exceptional!
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Reduction presently masks the nose though there is a really lovely mouth feel to the medium-bodied and ultra-suave flavors thanks mostly to the notably fine-grained tannins, all wrapped in a very firm, serious, powerful and austere finish. This is a bit less concentrated than the Clos St. Denis but even so plenty of patience will still be required.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, which comes from three sources, is a little more savory on the nose compared to the Clos Saint Denis, perhaps sans the same level of purity. There is more tertiary notes here, a hint of bacon fat even. The palate is medium-bodied with firm, slightly broader tannin than the Clos Saint Denis that lends it the weight, the presence, albeit without the nervosité or the mineral core expressed by the Clos Saint Denis. Very fine, but I would like to see more nuance develop during the rest of its élevage. As is becoming tradition these days, I spent two mornings at Louis Jadot on the outskirts of Beaune, one dedicated to their whites and the other their reds. Apart from enjoying the wines that I think are doing very nicely under head winemaker Frédéric Barnier, the marathon offers an overview of the Burgundy region across geography and across hierarchy. I began our conversation asking about the factors that influenced the quality of the 2014 vintage...
(partly vinified with whole clusters):Bright medium red. Aromas of crushed stone, minerals, roast coffee and menthol. Rich, soil-inflected flavors of raspberry and saline minerality. Densely packed and deep but without the floral perfume of the Jadot vinification. Finishes a touch heavy and literal, with building tannins.