Prieure Roch’s 2000 Vosne Romanée 1er cru “Les Suchots” moved me, from the first sip to the very last drop. This small domaine, based close to the village of Nuits St. Georges is run by Henry-Frederic Roch, who is a descendent of the Leroy family, which makes the expectations are rather high. The fact, that he co-signs the bottles of the Domaine de la Romanee Conti doesn’t hurt neither. He should know how to make good wine with his partner and regisseur Yannick Champ.
The wines are not filtered, and biodynamic if I’m not mistaken. This explains the cloudy, quite bright and shiny colour of these beauties. The wine in question is somewhat pale, and intriguing. The smell of this nectar is intoxicating. Such an incredible nose is just hard to describe, there is truffle, you find very ripe berries, the wood’s slightly sweet smokiness is also there, and some leathery, earthy smell rounds things off. A first sip confirms this nose directly. The balance is just right at the moment. There is a fresh acid note, the fruit is still there and very present, and the tannins are so smooth, you could think you are drinking silk. It took me two days to finish this bottle, something, that rarely happens to me. But this was so good, I simply wanted it to go on and on and on. Wow, wow, wow. I loved it.