Overview of the Wine
Since 1710 the family have been based in Gevrey. The current "reputation" of Domaine Joseph Roty was down to Joseph himself, not just the comments of Remington and Clive, but also the quality of domaine's highly sought-after wines, wines mainly produced from old and in some cases some very, very old vines – tres vieilles vignes if you prefer!
Joseph started the core of today's domaine in the late 1960s with vines that came from his grandfather, vines that included Mazy (they spell like Rousseau), Griotte and Charmes-Chambertin grand crus.
Joseph was lost to this world in 2008, and although widow Roty still works behind the scenes, it is the sons of Joseph – Philippe and Pierre-Jean – the 11th generation at this family domaine that do the heavy stuff while a 12th generation are playing in the yard. Philippe had anyway being working progressively more with his father since about 1990 – there is very little that has been changed.
Grape / Blend
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Combe Aux Moines was another barrel sample that was showing a little reduction, although it soon brushes that away with fleshy red cherry, strawberry and tinned apricot aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a killer line of acidity, fresh and vibrant with superb mineralité towards the energetic finish. This has great potential. Drink through 2035.
93 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru les Fontenys was very promising out of barrel and now in bottle, it is delivering the goods. It has a fragrant bouquet that soars from the glass, very floral with rose petals and iris infusing the redcurrant and strawberry scents. It just seems so refined and that translates across to the palate. The tannins here are very fine, the acidity extremely well judged, and a little plushness that ensures it is approachable but with the salinity on the finish that urges you to take another sip. This is an extremely well crafted Fontenys from Roty - chapeau!
Product size: 750ml