2014 Domaine Arlaud Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1276699 95 points Decanter

 Raspberry and red cherry intermingle with spices on a silky texture and savoury finish. Great definition of flavour; immense class.  (5/2016)

93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru, of which there are seven barrels this year, has a detailed, "cool" bouquet that gradually unfurls in the glass, offering Morello, crushed strawberry and cold limestone scents. The palate is beautifully balanced with fine tannin, gently gripping the mouth, with the mineral core very expressive on the finish. This is the standout 2014 from Cyprièn this vintage. (NM)  (12/2015)

92-94 points Vinous

 Good medium red; not the darkest of this collection of 2014s. Much more aromatic on the nose than the Charmes-Chambertin, offering scents of raspberry, boysenberry, flowers and spices. The wine's balance of sweet and juicy is exhilarating. Airy, incisive and light on its feet for the vintage, with bright acidity hiding the wine's underlying volume in the early going. Finishes very long and perfumed, with firm but very fine-grained building tannins. Still a bit youthfully imploded but offers terrific potential. Clos de la Roche typically has a relatively high pH yet always tastes fresh, notes Arlaud. (AG)  (1/2016)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A deft though not invisible application of wood serves as a backdrop for the spicy and earthy aromas of both red and dark currant that displays a marked sauvage element. The mouth feel of the broad-shouldered flavors is restrained and surprisingly supple, indeed it is almost supple though the finish tightens up enough to suggest that this should reward mid-term cellaring. Overall this seems a bit less impressive than usual though I do like the complexity.  (1/2016)

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