Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2008, Armand Rousseau
The grands crus from Morey are often bigger and more severe than their neighbours in Gevrey. This Clos de la Roche barrel sample, tasted at the domaine, lives up the its billing. A darker colour than the Gevrey wines initial aromas of vanilla, cherry and strawberry shift gears into black currant. There is a hint of future luxury about this wine, like an Antwerp gemologist cutting and polishing a ruby. The big Clos de la Roche structure comes out on the palate: severe tannins and a granitic texture. In true Armand Rousseau fashion this big wine is aged in just 10-20% new oak. Bravo.