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2014 Domaine Armand Rousseau Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

SKU #1294454 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a fragrant bouquet, coquettish at first, then opening with wet limestone, Morello and cassis scents; it is very defined and focused though not powerful. The palate is silky smooth on the entry, beautifully poised with pure red cherries infused with orange sorbet and captivating mineralilé on the finish. This is one of the best Clos de la Roche that I have tasted from Rousseau in recent years. (NM) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Superbly scented wine showing Christmas spices, black fruit and floral notes with a silky texture and a black fruit finish. Absolutely fabulous texture. Inner quote mark (6/2016)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark The 2014 Clos de la Roche chez Rousseau was raised in ten percent new oak this year. The wine is stunning, offering up a great combination of complexity and purity in its bouquet of sappy red and black cherries, raw cocoa, woodsmoke, gamebird, a very classy base of soil, fresh thyme and a whisper of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, pure, full-bodied and very, very transparent. The wine is absolutely loaded with fruit at the core and yet is completely soil-driven on the backend, with suave tannins, bright acids and great focus and balance on the utterly seamless and complex finish. Again, have I ever tasted a better young vintage of Clos de la Roche from the domaine? (Drink between 2024-2075) Inner quote mark (12/2015)

94 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark A mix of sweet, ripe cherry and berry fruit, with underlying stone and savory elements, mark this sleek, compact red. There is a vegetal aspect also, but overall, this is fresh, elegant and superlong on the finish. Best from 2021 through 2038. Inner quote mark (12/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark This is also moderately reduced and impossible to properly assess. Otherwise there is excellent volume to the equally muscular big-bodied flavors that are richer but don't quite have the same sense of underlying tension before terminating in a palate coating and quite firmly structured finish that delivers terrific length. This is a big but seamlessly well-balanced effort that should also amply repay extended cellaring. Inner quote mark (1/2015)

91-94 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Bright medium red. Captivating nose offers aromas of cherry, brown spices, mocha, menthol and underbrush lifted by high notes of blood orange and flowers. Liqueur-like raspberry and spice flavors show outstanding precision and perfume thanks to a firm mineral spine. Finishes spicy, refined and very long, saturating the mouth without leaving any impression of weight. This really perks up the salivary glands. Rousseau owns a full hectare of Clos de la Roche in the lower part of the cru, just under Clos Saint-Denis, and another half a hectare higher up on the hillside. (ST) Inner quote mark (1/2016)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Very attractive savoury nose already. Very juicy and lively with masses of tannin. Promising for the future. Eric Rousseau thinks this is less obviously Morey than usual. 18/20 points (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2015)

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