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1996 Domaine Lecheneaut Clos de la Roche

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April 29, 2012 - $175

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RATINGS

96-98The Wine Advocate

...full-bodied, velvety-textured, and mouth-coating personality is so densely packed with super-ripe black fruits that a knife and fork seem required to effectively taste it. This wine's power, depth, concentration, and immense length...

91Wine Spectator

Big and fleshy, full of ripe black fruits, spice and sweet oak. Somewhat burly in structure, with intensity and length, it delivers a mouthful of pleasure. Best from 2002 through 2008.

89-93Stephen Tanzer

Black cherry, currant, mineral, mocha and smoky oak on the nose. Thick, deep and layered, with a gentle, silky texture. Finishes with sweet but substantial tannins and notes of caramel and smoke. Mellow and satisfying, but quite oaky.

PRODUCER

Domaine Lecheneaut

Domaine Lécheneaut is a family affair that started in the 1950s, when Moreysien de Souche Fernand Lecheneaut founded the domaine in Nuits-Saints-Georges. He started with seven acres and in 1986 his sons Philippe and Vincent joined the business. New vineyards were acquired and in 2005 a modern new cellar was built. Today the domaine owns 25 vineyard acres in 18 appellations. The estate is organically farmed and produces a Grand Cru, Clos de la Roche, along with many Premiers Crus and villages wines. Burgundy expert Clive Coates has written that the produces “good succulent wines with plenty of dimension.”

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits, Morey-St.-Denis, Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche is a 41-acre Grand Cru vineyard in the Morey St.-Denis appellation in the Cotes de Nuits, in northern Burgundy. The tiny village of Morey St.-Denis is just south of Gevrey-Chambertin and Clos de Roche is considered the appellation’s most superior Grand Cru. The vineyard’s elevation ranges from 270 to 300 meters, and its soil is extremely rocky with excellent drainage. The soil is largely limestone, and in some places it is barely a foot deep. Writer Clive Coates calls Clos de Roche “the classiest of the Morey Grand Crus.” The largest landholders are Ponsot with 8.35 acres; Dujac, 4.88 acres; and Armand Rousseau, 3.7 acres.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, Grand Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.