Hospices de Beaune – 2010’s Clos de La Roche by Lucien Le Moine

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The 2010 Clos de la Roche, was a gift of a friend who purchased the 2010 vintage. It is sweet red cherries, smoke and licorice are some of the my notes, it has good weight and a round and beautiful finish.

The wine at first gives a strong impression, it has good structure and balance, as a grand cru should. This wine is still too young to drink and should be laid down for 3 years until it evolves, which will be interesting to see how all the elements come together.

Interestingly, there are two cuvée names for the Hospices’s Clos de la Roche. Three barrels of Cuvée Cyrot-Chaudron were made in 2010, and three of cuvée Georges Kritter. They fermented in one vat, then were given the names of two different, generous, recent benefactors, who each donated funds to buy the vineyards.

I am interested in the wines of Lucien Le Moine, co-owned by two partners, they purchased numerous barrels on my behalf, aged and bottled them. His star cuvée amongst the red wines included Clos de la Roche cuvée Georges Kritter, which often fetches incredible barrel prices.

In 2010 the barrel price was €31,000 but it jumped up in price, and in 2012 it sold for a whopping €55,667. The 152nd Hospices de Beaune auction trends increase upwards to the sky, as the sales of Burgundy wines in Asia’s premier market China rises. This year we expect strong prices but there are always good opportunities.

(94+ Points)