Domaine Joseph Roty has a long history and a long list of fans eagerly awaiting each release. Small but mighty, the vines of the 17-acre estate average 60-years of age but this beauty has at its core the fruit of a vineyard first planted in 1881. The complexity unfurls in the glass like a Russian novel, unveiling endless layers of fruit, flowers, orange rind and grilled meat. Full-bodied and dense, this is one to savor slowly over a relaxed evening by a flickering fire as time and air release even more unexpected delights from the depths of your glass.
Deep ruby. Brooding, profound aromas and flavors of blackberry, boysenberry, black cherry, licorice and animal fur, complicated by smoky soil tones. Wonderfully thick and dense; primary and backward but not at all hard. Most impressive today on the refined back end, finishing with noble, seamless tannins, intense black cherry and violet lift, and terrific pungent stony minerality. Another stunning wine in the making from a vineyard that was planted in 1882. This Charmes is Chambertin-like in its soil complexity, power and grip.WA97
The 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Très Vieilles Vignes is showing superbly from bottle, unfurling in the glass with a complex bouquet in which notes of blackcurrants, cherries, spiced plums and dark chocolate mingle with nuances of peony, orange rind and grilled meats. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, deep and dense, with a layered and immensely concentrated core that largely conceals the wine's rich structuring tannins, concluding with a long, resonant finish. This Charmes' precision and definition rank it a touch higher than the domaine's 2015, though it would be fascinating to taste the two side-by-side.