Domaine Joseph Roty, Marsannay Champs St-Etienne, Burgundy, France, 2019
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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 nose of smoky, grilled black fruits, very alluring, spiced with much denser, darker fruit than the Marsannay Rouge; on the palate mouth-watering black fruits, succulent yet still with a refreshing twist, spiced, intense, grilled with a distant note of new wood going to fine, mineral, intense finish with a hint of tar and a zip of energy. Delicious.
90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2019 Marsannay Champs Saint Etienne is showing well, revealing aromas of sweet red berries, rose petals and licorice, framed by a discreet touch of oak. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and enveloping, with lively acids and fine, chalky tannins, it's mineral and precise, as it so often is.
90 Points - Vinous
The 2019 Marsannay Champs Saint-Etienne is much more backward on the nose compared to the Marsannay Village, slightly earthy black fruit and sous-bois emerging with aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh, citrus-driven opening, tangy marmalade infusing the black fruit, and graphite toward the tensile finish. I appreciate the focus and harmony of this cuvée, which should age well in bottle.
Product size: 750ml