2014 Domaine de la Pousse d'Or Grand Cru "Clos de la Roche"

SKU #1271588 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, from 0.32 hectares of vines planted in 1950 and 1951, has a much more generous bouquet compared to the Chambolle-Amoureuses, tensile red cherry and raspberry coulis scents, wet limestone and just a hint of cassis in the background. It is very Clos de la Roche, to put it prosaically. The palate is very harmonious, silky smooth and elegant. There is fine weight in the mouth, though this is more about tension and elegance, with a gorgeous, sensual, satin-like touch to the finish. This could become one of the best wines from this vineyard. (NM)  (12/2015)

94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't miss!* Once again while the oak is more moderately applied subtle is not the word that I would use to describe its presence at present on the much more sauvage-inflected aromas of freshly turned earth, forest floor and various dark berry fruit scents. There is a highly seductive mouth feel to the equally big-bodied flavors thanks to the sappy dry extract that both coats the palate and buffers the marked firm tannic spine on the dusty, serious and gorgeously long finish. This ever-so-mildly rustic effort may one day catch its Bonnes Mares stable mate but at this early stage it appears that the Bonnes Mares enjoys the slightest of edges. Either way, 15 years from now it will be fascinating to compare these two beauties!  (4/2016)

91-94 points Vinous

 Bright medium red. The most port-like and chocolatey of these 2014s, with a superripe black raspberry aroma currently dulled by reduction. Huge and brooding on the palate, showing extremely dark flavors of licorice, purple rose and lavender. A hint of peppery acidity gives some relief to the middle palate but this youthfully sullen wine is a bit blocky and brutal today. I wonder if this wine wouldn't benefit from a later bottling but Landanger seemed intent on bottling these 2014s in January. My high score reflects this wine's sheer concentration and dimension, as well as an element of optimism. (ST)  (1/2016)

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