Slightly more prominent wood still easily allows the fresh mix of both red and dark currant aromas that are laced with spice and floral nuances to shine. There is once again plenty of punch and detail to the delicious middle weight flavors that exude a fine bead of minerality on the saline, complex and attractively persistent finish. This should drink well on the younger side if desired.
Bright medium red More medicinal, primary scents of black cherry, fresh red fruits and licorice Juicy and firm on the palate, with a saline nuance to the flavors of dark berries, licorice and menthol Finishes with a firm spine and a suggestion of caraway seed Less evolved than the basic Marsannay and in need of a couple years of patience.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2025
John Gilman 90+
The bouquet of the Domaine Roty 2014 Saint Etienne is a deeper and more black fruity blend than in the AC, offering up scents of black cherries, plums, grilled meats, coffee, excellent soil signature and a touch of toasty new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and tangy, with a core of refined fruit, moderate, chewy tannins and excellent balance and grip on the long, pure and focused finish. This is a lovely bottle of Marsannay in the making, but it will need a few years in the cellar to start to come fully into its own.
Anticipated maturity: 2019-2040