Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 2004, Pierre Amiot
During the tasting at the Domaine Pierre Amiot in May 2006 I felt unwell. Luckily my two co-tasters (pictured) took up the slack. Possibly M. Amiot concluded that I was "unused to wine". I must confess that part of the reason for buying this Clos de la Roche 2006 and several other grands crus was the friendly pricing. Tasted over lunch, this Burgundy grand cru had an evolved, orangey-foxy-cherry colour. Immediately open soft raspberry, cherry and vanilla nose. Then a second layer of gentle spices such as cloves and cinnamon with almond paste. Lively red berry fruit on the palate with a pleasing length. An enjoyable wine to taste. But lacking the distinction and complexity one expects from a grand cru. Symptomatic of the tricky 2004 vintage.