From: Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Critical Acclaim: 93 points Jasper Morris
“The Rotys have 5 plots in all in this emblematic vineyard for the domaine. The oldest vines date back to 1934, and mostly the original vine stocks remain. There is a brightness to the purple black colour with a vivacity of ripe fruit on the nose. Clearly a much greater density of fruit here, with a succulent ripe cherry note, good acidity as much as tannic structure. Extremely promising, indeed potentially magical.” (12/2022)
92 points John Gilman
“The 2020 Champs Chenys is another simply outstanding example of the vintage. The bouquet is pure, deep and complex, offering up scents of black plums, black cherries, smoked meats, dark chocolate, a beautiful base of soil, woodsmoke and cedary oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, complex and sappy at the core, with lovely depth and mineral undertow, fine-grained, ripe tannins and a long, well balanced and beautifully focused finish. Fine, fine juice.” (12/2022)
92 points Wine Advocate
“The 2020 Gevrey-Chambertin Champs-Chenys Vieilles Vignes is the most serious of Roty's lieu-dit bottlings, unwinding in the glass with aromas of sweet cherries, blackberries, spices, licorice and rose petal. Medium to full-bodied, layered and velvety, it's deep and concentrated, with ripe tannins and a complete, seamless profile. (WK)” (1/2023)
91 points Burghound
“Note: from vines planted in 1934 that directly abut Charmes-Chambertin. Once again, the expressive and layered nose is notably ripe while managing to retain good freshness to the baked plum, cassis and spice aromas. There is excellent density to the intense, sappy and palate coating medium-bodied flavors that terminate in a bitter pit fruit, austere and very firm finale. This too is a fine Gevrey villages that is an impressive combination of refinement and power. *Outstanding!*” (1/2023)
91 points Vinous
“The 2020 Gevrey-Chambertin Champs-Chenys has a perfumed and floral nose - peony and iris flower complementing the black cherry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with pliant tannins, fine acidity, but then like the Clos Prieur Bas it clams up towards the finish and says "Come Back Later." (NM)“ (1/2023)
Bill Nanson - Burgundy Report: "At the foot of Charmes-Chambertin. Again very attractively floral. Again some structure but in this case extra depth in the supporting flavours with some licorice in these rather intense flavours. Super wine." (01/2023)
About: In the hallowed vineyards of Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine Joseph Roty stands as evidence of the rich tradition and uncompromising dedication to the art of winemaking. This cherished domaine is home to one of Burgundy's largest concentrations of old vines, with an average vine age of about 65 years, some being over 120 years old, providing their resulting wines with remarkable structure and complexity.
Domaine Joseph Roty is steeped in history, bearing the weight of a winemaking lineage that dates back to the reign of Louis XIV. Since 1710, the Roty family has crafted wines of distinction, with current winemaker Pierre-Jean Roty representing the 11th generation. The Roty family has an unwavering commitment to the land they have owned and farmed since 1817, controlling about 15 hectares of vines.
The distinctive winemaking techniques used at the domaine have become the hallmark of their unique style. Late picking of the vines is a tradition, further concentrating yields, completely de-stemming their grapes coupled with fermentation below 30 degrees and a cuvaison that spans three weeks. The result? Wines that develop compelling aromatics, the hallmark Pinot Noir flavors of black cherry and stone fruit, and an enduring complexity courtesy of the old vine fruit.
Joseph Roty's approach is far from contemporary trends in winemaking, everything is destemmed & new oak usage is relatively high; around 50% on the village wines, 60-70% on the Lieux-Dit, and 100% on the Grand Cru. The winemaking process is deliberate, focusing on producing wines made to age, often requiring years to reveal their intricate layers of flavor fully.
Today, Domaine Joseph Roty boasts a fervent cult following, renowned not just for the longevity of the winemaking family but, more importantly, for the exquisite Burgundy wines they produce. In an era of constant change, the enduring words of Madame Roty ring actual - "Nothing changes." This consistency and respect for tradition remain the underpinnings of Domaine Joseph Roty, standing firm amidst the ever-evolving world of wine.
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