From: Burgundy, France
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Critical Acclaim & Taste: 88-90 points Burghound
“Ripe, if slightly less ripe, aromas include those of black raspberry and warm earth. The slightly more refined and detailed middle weight flavors possess very good mid-palate density while delivering solid length on the rustic and firm finale that is supported by bright acidity and a touch of austerity.” (1/2022)
“The 2020 Marsannay from Pierre-Jean Roty is a big, ripe wine with plenty of personality. The nose jumps from the glass in a mix of black raspberries, black cherries, a touch of balsamic overtones, dark soil, coffee grounds and chocolate. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, ripe and chewy, with a fine core, good soil signature and a long, ripely tannic and fairly powerful finish. This will need time and perhaps get a touch overripe with age, but it will always have impressive depth, length and grip.” (12/2022)
“Aromas of cherries, raspberries and licorice introduce the 2020 Marsannay, a medium to full-bodied, fleshy and velvety wine that's charming and succulent. (WK)” (1/2023)
Bill Nanson Burgundy Report: "Including some parcels that are candidates for 1er cru – 6 in all. A finer extra spice to this width of aroma – low impact, high invitation. Hmm, direct again, full of mouth-watering energy, intense, fabulous, delicious wine – that’s another beauty – bravo!" (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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