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.