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
A fine Burgundy wine produced by Domaine Joseph Roty. Made from Pinot Noir grapes from the premier cru vineyard of the same name, it is bright in color with a bouquet of red fruits, nutmeg and spices for a full and decisive sip.
94 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Fontenys wafts from the glass with aromas of cassis, cherries and dark chocolate, complemented by hints of licorice, loamy soil and toasty new oak. Medium to full-bodied, velvety and multidimensional, it's serious and concentrated, with a deep, elegantly muscular profile that will richly reward bottle age, concluding with a long finish.
93 Points - Vinous
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Fontenys 1er Cru comes from a single 0.5-hectare parcel. It possesses quite a complex bouquet of violet-infused black fruit and a light marine influence (shucked oyster shells). The palate is medium-bodied with fleshy black cherry and mineral-rich blueberry fruit, fine backbone and a very saline finish. Excellent.
Product size: 750ml