Domaine Prieuré Roch was founded by Henry-Frédéric Roch in 1988, a co-director at Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, one of the most mythical wines in the world. Henry-Frédéric Roch’s grandfather is Henri Leroy, the father of the legendary Lalou Bize-Leroy, the owner of Domaine Leroy and Domaine d’Auvenay.
Domaine Prieure Roch has a long history and relationship with DRC and is related to Lalou Bize-Leroy, and even though Prieure Roch is not as well known as DRC or Leroy, many Burgundy connoisseurs take the wines of Prieure Roch very seriously. The wines of Prieure Roch are highly sought after and is recognised as one of the finest producers in Burgundy.
In general, Prieure Roch wines are pure, organic, lifted-floral with wildness on the palate. The highly aromatic characteristics resemble the style of Domaine Leroy (not the Maison), both of them are incredibly floral and aromatic. Whole cluster fermentation, biodynamic approaches, minimal SO2, no fining or filtering, minimal pumping over, low yield (approximately 30hl/ha in 2015), 100% new oak in the cuvees and around 18 months élevage.
Domaine Prieuré Roch farm 14 hectares in some of Burgundy’s finest plots, with holdings in the Grand Cru’s of Clos de Beze & Clos Vougeot plus two unique monopole vineyards, the Clos de Corvee 1er Cru in Nuit St Georges which was unified by Henry in 1995 & the unicorn plot of .55 hectare Les Clos Goillotte in Vosne Romanée which is 50 yards from La Tâche. In the winery they use only natural yeasts for all wines which is a true expression of the terroir as each vineyard has its own unique yeast & 100% whole bunch fermentation is the mandate for all red wines. The stems serve several roles such as acting as drains in the ferment which allows the yeast to circulate & also keeping the berries whole mean there is no loss of juice before arriving into the fermenters. There is no fining or filtering of any wines & all practices are done organically with no chemicals used at any stage. The 2016 vintage is one that could be classed as heartbreaking in terms of quantity but superb in relation to quality. A devastating frost swept over the Côte d Or in late April which caused losses of between 50% to 75% for the vineyards of Domaine Prieuré Roch , thankfully during the summer months the weather was much kinder with a mostly hot & dry summer which caused the fruit to fully ripen & develop good tannins and intensity. Yannick Champ – Head Winemaker stated, “The quality of our 2016s are superb, the clusters were very healthy & the wines are so easy to drink, very fruity & soft tannins”. This release has been bolstered by a few helpful bottles of some Vosne – Les Clos Goillote 15 & Haute Maiziers 14 plus a special late release of a unique cuvee from the 2013 season , the vintage was one of the coolest in recent years and two special plots in Vosne Romanée have been blended together to make a unique bottling , the Haute Maiziers & Les Clos Goillote have been combined to produce a truly superb Vosne Romanée Vielle Vignes 2013 !
The wines of Domaine Prieuré Roch are some of the most aromatically enticing wines that one could ever hope to experience & there is a passionate attention to detail in the vineyards & cellar. The essence is to capture a pure & unadulterated expression of some of the finest terroirs of Burgundy.