Few domaines in Burgundy have been shrouded equally in mystery and allure like that of Prieuré Roch. Henry-Frédéric Roch, the late co-director of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti and nephew of Lalou Bize-Leroy, established his domaine in 1988. Around this time, Henry saw a wooden box of Bordeaux's Château Prieuré-Lichine and thought the Prieuré had a nice ring to it when paired alongside his name, and thus Domaine Prieuré Roch materialized.

However, the real inception story began with DRC's acquisition of their Romanée-St-Vivant Domaine Marey-Monge parcel that they had been farming for some time. Henri purchased some vineyards from DRC to assist them in their financial endeavor, and from this, his eponymous project was truly born.

Today, I'm happy to offer Domaine Prieuré Roch.

Wines here begin with organic and biodynamic farmed land, 100% whole cluster fermentation, new oak influence, and next-to-zero sulphur additions. They are extremely spicy and elegant, with a beef bouillon note I find to be the house style's real calling card.

While wines from past decades showed a lot of variation of soundness due to the sans soufre approach, in the last many years, in my opinion, these have become a gold standard of the non-sulphur category. Last year's 2013 bottling of Le Cloud was crunchy, high toned, and alive in a way I wish every wine that touched my lips would be. These are as soulful and singular as any wines produced on earth. And it's my pleasure to offer this small parcel directly from the domaine today.

Monopole Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Clos des Corvees is one of the signature wines of the domaine, this monopole vineyard has a large percentage of millerandés grapes that are smaller in size with intense concentration. Since 2002 the domaine has harvested these small berry clusters exclusively. Located at the southern end of Nuits-Saint-Georges in Premeaux, this site shows grace and bright lift that stands apart drastically from what we are accustomed to from the vineyards located just north in the heart of the appellation.

Clos Vougeot, along with Clos de Beze, is the only Grand Cru of the domaine. Vines were planted in 1929, 1949, and 1969, located in a sweet spot further uphill in this large climat, close to the Chateau.

Monopole Clos Goillotte is the prize of the domaine. The former garden of Prince Conti, established in 1763, sits below La Tâche and Clos d'Eugenie