Robert Parker 93-95
The 2014 Clos de la Roche Grand Cru has a very refined bouquet that takes time to open, but it is worth the wait: blackberry, dried blood, limestone and a faint marine influence (perhaps oyster shell) — all wonderfully delineated and controlled. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, quite compact and dense at the moment, as well as very linear and precise; it is long in the mouth but not wishing to play around at the moment. Perhaps keeping its exuberance for later? This is an enigmatic Clos de la Roche this year from Lignier.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2045
Notably deep crimson. Not that expressive on the nose. Very racy and lively. Mid weight and a little severe at the moment but it should come out of its shell. Lots of substance and crunch. Tasted again on 18 Jan 2017: Real edge of texture – extremely youthful. At the moment it seems a bit bitter and requires an act of faith to commit at this price. I think on the basis of the lesser wines it is pretty certain to deliver eventually and certainly throbs with vitality on the end. At the moment it s all on the finish. 18+ Drink 2025-42
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2038
The 2014 Clos de la Roche is bright, focused and finely cut. Translucent and wiry in style, the 2014 speaks to precision above all else. The flavors and textures are wonderfully chiseled throughout. Red-toned fruits, chalk and floral notes abound. Today, the 2014 is fabulous. It won t be ready to drink anytime soon, but it is terrific just the same. This is a textbook expression of Clos de la Roche.
Anticipated maturity: 2026-2054