2015 Domaine J. Roty Marsannay

SKU #1351175 91 points John Gilman

 The Roty family’s range of Marsannay bottlings is truly excellent and this is especially true in the 2015 vintage. The blended bottling is deep and very serious on the nose, wafting from the glass in a fine blend of plums, black cherries, meaty tones, dark chocolate, a fine base of soil and a nice touch of smoky oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and plush on the attack, with a very impressive core, very good focus and grip, suave, seamless tannins and a long, poised and nascently complex finish. Again, this is really, really good for its price and AOC level. (Drink between 2018-2040)  (12/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is aromatically similar to the Pressoniers but with more evident earth and sauvage influences. There is both good verve and detail to the delicious medium weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality while exhibiting fine length on the firm and serious finish that is both somewhat rustic and austere. Drink: 2022+  (1/2018)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Marsannay offers up notes of creamy wild berry fruit, dried flowers, licorice and smoky new oak, followed by a medium to full-bodied, polished palate with fine tannins and juicy fruit. Even this bottling, the entry to Roty's range of Marsannay cuvées, will benefit from a few years of bottle age in this structured, concentrated vintage. (WK)  (4/2018)


 Bright medium-dark red. Very ripe, spicy aromas of raspberry, strawberry and licorice. Boasts serious energy, thickness and sappy concentration, although the wine's spicy oak element is slightly intrusive today. A bit closed on the very ripe, lightly saline finish. (ST)  (1/2018)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.