2015 Domaine Joseph Roty Griottes Chambertin Grand Cru

SKU #1346157 94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru has a fragrant, floral bouquet with mineral-rich red berry fruit, hints of mulberry, dates and a touch of violets that emerges with continued aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine grip in the mouth. The tannins are fine but firm, like the Mazis-Chambertin, clamming up towards the finish as a sign to say: come back later. But there is plenty of energy here and there is palpable frisson on the aftertaste.(NM)  (12/2016)

95 points Vinous

 Good dark red; a bit less saturated than the Mazy. Compelling perfume melds black cherry, raspberry, licorice, rose petal, wild herbs and crushed stone. Enters the mouth intense and energetic but also round and seamless. The Mazy is linear by comparison but this is wonderfully opulent, conveying an impression of bullet-proof fruit without any weight. Griottes-Chambertin is often described as the most feminine grand cru of Gevrey, and this wine could make that case. Finishes sappy and extremely long; it's hard to scrape this wine off the palate. With its compelling combination of sweetness and power, it's hard to lay off this wine even today, but I'd give it ten years in the cellar.  (1/2018)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 As is often the case chez Roty, this is easily the most elegant and refined wine in the range with its exuberant red berry fruit aromas, spice, warm earth and floral hints that are also trimmed in ample but not dominant wood. There is fine intensity to the rich, full-bodied and tautly muscular middle weight flavors that possess excellent concentration while delivering superior persistence on the moderately toasty finale. I should point out that this may also be the ripest wine in the range but even so it remains a beautiful combination of power and refinement. Note that my projected range offers the benefit of the doubt that the generous wood toast will successfully integrate in time.  (1/2018)

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