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Henry ROCH launched his great adventure in 1988, at the age of 26. This softly spoken, but steel willed young man had a unwaveringly clear vision of the type of wine he wanted to bear his name: pure, authentic expressions of his beloved PINOT NOIR. Henry’s principle inspiration was his grandfather, Henry LEROY, one of Burgundy’s most venerated winemakers – and the Cistercian monks who centuries ago planted the first vines in the Clos Vougeot. Henry’s purpose was to make wine according to traditional ways: a vision which called for a radical break from contemporary beliefs and methods.

Henry steadily weaned his vines onto organic cultivation, with the simple aim of ensuring the finest constitution and quality of the grapes. He decreased yields to drastically low levels in order to strengthen and reinvigorate the plants. By 1991, the vines were producing only 18 hectolitres per hectare or 1 tonne per acre.

During harvest, meticulous attention is paid to the sorting of the fruit in the vineyard, so only the healthiest, ripest grapes reach the winery. Even so, the arriving grapes are re-checked before they are tipped, whole and complete with stems, into traditional oak vats . No sulphur is added , as the Domaine prefers to retain the widest possible range of wild yeasts, permitting the “terroirs” the expression of their fullest power and richness. after fermentation, the wines remain on their original clean, fresh lees. This protects them from oxidation and endows them with wholesome flavour , extract and fleshiness. Sometimes, by this method, certain darker pigments are not absorbed into the wine and the wines are of a lighter “rosehip” colour; the traditional PINOT NOIR hue.

The signature of these wines is their aroma and perfume. Ripe, cleanly vinified PINOT NOIR from the most esteemed sites in Burgundy yielding stunning scents, redolent of peonies, wild roses , violets. Cinnamon or truffles.

From a modest base of 3 hectares in 1988, the Estate, under Henry’s guidance, has swelled to encompass 12.5. It now includes four Clos, two of which are Grand Cru – Clos Vougeot, and Clos de Bèze, and two of which are MONOPOLES – 1er Cru Le Clos des Corvées in Nuits St. Georges and the Clos Goillotte in Vosne-Romanée.

Nuits St Georges 1er Cru : the northern section of the Clos des Corvées ; 25 year old vines in 2002
Production : 10 000 bottles
Colour : deep ruby ; rosehip rim
Bouquet :brooding , dark red fruit(currants) and allspice
Palate : sturdy and dense , almost silky texture ; all pervasive freshness and purity on the finish

Vosne-Romanée AC Les Clous : assemblage of 2 contiguous vineyards occuying the same terroir – the Pré de la Folie and La Colombière ; planted in 1987 ; 0.58 hectares ; east of the village
Production : 2 400 bottles
Colour : medium/dark ruby
Bouquet : strawberry jam ; hints of burnt orange peel and spices
Palate : plump and harmonious ; fresh, perfumed , violet length

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Suchots : I.02 hectare plot planted in 1975/6 ; lies at northern end of the vineyard adjacent to Echézeaux Grand Cru Production : 4 000 bottles
Colour : medium/dark ruby
Bouquet : elegant, racy with violets and pepper
Palate : supple and silky ; fleshy and cool ; black cherries on finale

Vosne-Romanée AC Le Clos Goillotte MONOPOLE : very first acquisition of Prince de Conti in 1836 ; lies in heart of Vosne 50 yards below La Tâche ; planted in 1964/5 . 0.55 hectares
Production : 2 100 – 2 400 bottles
Colour : medium ruby
Bouquet : peony rose/violets/truffles – again a whiff of orange peel .
Palate : expansive with huge “gras” and pure velvet texture

Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Le Clos des Corvées MONOPOLE : southern end of 5.21 hectare enclosed plot 67 years old in 2002 ;purchased in 1995 , it marked a reversion to single ownership for the first time in over 500 years Production : 8 - 9 000 bottles
Colour : dark ruby
Bouquet : ripe cherries with flares of cinnamon, Christmas cake and allspice .
Palate : muscular and rich with great backbone ; ripe tannins round out the concentrated , savoury finish

Clos Vougeot : .0.62 hectare in upper middle section of Clos ; planted in 1932,1958,1969,1975
Production : 2 400 bottles
Colour : dark ruby/ garnet
Bouquet : dark chocolate / liquorice
Palate : disarmingly fleshy forepalate ; powerfully dense in middle ; tannic grip on length

Clos de Bèze : 1 hectare parcel in southern part of Clos ; over 80 years old in 2000 in production 3 600 bottles Colour : drak ruby/garnet
Bouquet : blueberry, violet, black cherries and brambles ; enormously complex
Palate : seductive, generous and lush ; almost unctuous but with exquisite freshness and lingering floral farewell

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