2014 Domaine Joseph Roty Marsannay

SKU #1300976 90 points John Gilman

 The 2014 Marsannay villages from the Rotys is a lovely wine that will drink beautifully from the moment it is released. The nose wafts from the glass in a classy blend of plummy fruit, black cherries, grilled meats, a fine base of soil and a touch of raw cocoa in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and shows off very good mid-palate depth, with a bit of well-buffered tannin, fine acids and a long, nascently complex and nicely transparent finish. Good juice. Drink between 2016-2035.  (11/2016)

90 points Wine Spectator

 A juicy, smoky version, whose cherry and berry flavors ride a chalky line of tannins and vivid acidity. There's a hard edge, making the finish austere now, yet showing plenty of fruit for balance. Drink now through 2022. (BS)  (11/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A blend of several lieux-dits intended as a representation of the appellation, the 2014 Marsannay Villages has a generous nose with a touch of leather infusing the red berry fruit. The palate is well balanced with the new oak (30% to 40%) needing more time to be fully subsumed. But there is more than enough fruit to soak that up with time and as such, I would afford it a couple of years once in bottle. Returning to Domaine Joseph Roty two weeks after the untimely passing of Philippe Roty at 46 after a three year battle against cancer, as you would expect, one is filled with emotion far beyond that of appraising a new vintage. However, regretfully I have been in this same situation two or three times before and found that after obligatory condolences, there is always a desire to get back to some kind of normality and restore that sense of life going on. The blood stops running but the sap will always keep rising. And in a sense, Philippe is a strong spirit, a guiding influence at the domaine. Chatting with Pierre-Jean Roty, he told me how his brother had never relinquished until the very end, constantly asking him about the 2015 vintage. Photos and videos of the vines were bought in to his hospital and up until his last visits, he was still inspecting the vines and doing his best to continue as if he didn't have a matter of days left on this Earth. Perhaps one small consolation is that he died knowing that the domaine had been blessed with the 2015 vintage. (NM)  (12/2015)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A discreet application of wood sets off the cool, earthy and fresh aromas of various red berries that display a hint of the sauvage. The rich and relatively full-bodied flavors don't lack for punch or detail while offering a slightly finer but still robust mouth feel on the sappy, balanced and persistent finale that displays almost no rusticity.  (1/2017)

Vinous

 Medium red. Aromas of cherry, licorice and flowers. Flavors of redcurrant, iron and spices are supported by a firm spine of acidity and tannins. Still, this saline, earthy wine should evolve fairly quickly. (ST)  (3/2017)


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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
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France

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Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.