Extremely dark crimson/purple. Sinewy and correct – less sweet than some of his wines. Jewelly intensity and the sweetness has many a facet. Very flashy with quite a bit of gas still. I’m sure these would stand out in a blind tasting – very dramatic. But they dry out on the finish.
The 2011 Clos de La Roche captures the essence of this site in its blue/blackish fruit, vibrant mineral notes, crushed rocks, mint and violets. Intense, aromatic overtones appear later, adding lift and finesse. This is a fabulous showing from Olivier Bernstein. A few years of cellaring will do the 2011 a world of good. - Antonio Galloni