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Since beginning his label in the late 1960s, Joseph Roty has often been called a recluse, a madman, an “enfant terrible”, an eccentric, and a curmudgeon. He passed away in 2008, but for decades he was famously tight-lipped about his domaine’s details—no one knew how many acres he owned, his winemaking techniques, or his total production—only further cementing the estate’s cult status.
Today, Joseph’s son Pierre-Jean is the 11th generation of the family to work the land in Gevrey since 1710. Some of the oldest vines in Burgundy are here, with an average vine age of 60 years. Their “Trés Vieilles Vignes” Charmes-Chambertin boasts vines planted in 1881.
Grapes for this village-level Marsanny are grown in multiple plots in Marsannay-la-Côte, Couchey, and Chenove are destemmed, then aged in about 50% new oak.
Distinctively full, intense, perfumed, and harmoniously seductive. Layers of cassis, black raspberry liqueur, spiced plums, and cherries frame layers of dark chocolate, India ink, incense, and warm earth. The grippy, dense tannins are lively and charming. Cellaring or decanting recommended.
Pinot Noir. Organic.