2014 Louis Jadot Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
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!
The aromas to this are so complex and spellbinding with rose petals, sandalwood and stones. Hints of almonds. Full body, ultra-fine tannins and an intense finish. Shows fantastic tension and compression. Precise line to the wine. Drink in 2022.
*Cellar Selection* Louis Jadot 2014 Clos de la Roche. The largest of the four grands crus in Morey-St-Denis, this vineyard gives the most structured wines. This bottling, with its tannins and power, is no exception. While it shows plenty of rich black, perfumed fruit, it also has an immense structure of tight tannins are balanced by juicy acidity. Drink from 2027. (RV)
Initially dominated by oak, this needs air to reveal the macerated cherry, strawberry, mineral and earth flavors. Tightly wound, yet the ripe fruit shows depth. Sweet fruit and dense tannins define the finish. Patience is required. (BS)
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. (NM)
Bright medium red. A strong element of spicy oak currently overshadows red raspberry, red licorice and minerals on the nose. Slightly liqueur-like but not especially complex, with savory but very oaky red berry fruit flavors dominating. I find this a bit ponderous and lacking in refinement. It's also a touch dry on the finish, as there's not as much supporting mid-palate depth as in the top crus vinified by Jadot from estate vineyards. (ST)