2015 Domaine J. Roty Marsannay "Les Ouzeloy" (Previously $50)

SKU #1351174 91 points John Gilman

 The Domaine Roty 2015 Ouzeloy is ripe, pure and almost exotic on the nose, but also more hunkered down and bound up in its structural elements than the Champs Sainte Etienne. The bouquet just jumps from the glass in a blaze of plums, black cherries, a touch of lavender, meaty tones, a fine base of new oak and plenty of upper register spice tones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and plenty chewy right now, with a rock solid core, fine focus and grip and a long, nascently complex and youthful finish. This will be very good, but it is going to need some bottle age to blossom. (Drink between 2022-2045)  (11/2017)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Marsannay les Ouzeloy comes from vines that are now over 80 years old. It has a precocious bouquet with candied red berry fruit, damson and a touch of fresh fig. It develops a confit-like character as it aerated in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied and shows more restraint than the bouquet, well defined with supple ripe tannin, blood orange and a touch of tangy marmalade towards the quite precocious, but focused finish. Sure to be opulent once in bottle, this will be intriguing to observe as it matures. (NM)  (12/2016)

90 points Vinous

 Healthy medium-dark red. Inviting, floral nose combines boysenberry, licorice and violet. Juicy, spicy and intense, displaying noteworthy precision for 2015. Finishes classically dry and long, with some spicy oak to be absorbed. (ST)  (1/2018)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Subtle wood sets off a ripe and well-layered nose that combines liqueur-like aromas of cassis, dark cherry, spice and soft earth hints. There is a slightly finer mouthfeel to the delicious and nuanced flavors that brim with dry extract on the energetic, powerful and relatively robust finale. Like the Champs Saint Etienne, this isn't refined, indeed it's borderline rustic, but there is plenty of development potential.  (1/2018)

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