Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru, 1999

  Vincent Girardin

Clos de la Roche, Grand Cru

Contains Sulphites.

Appellation: Clos de La Roche

Although Morey chose to append St-Denis (from the Clos St Denis) to its name , Clos de la Roche is probably the finest and most renowned vineyard in the commune, a large Grand Cru spanning 16.9ha. The soil is rich in marl and the micro climate warm, a combination that gives broad, ripe, rich and very opulent wines that can be particularly flattering when young, though they age very well. It is the flagship wine of Ponsot, but many other fine examples can be found from Leroy, Rousseau, Dujac and Louis Remy.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, California’s Carneros, Oregon and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.