2011 Joseph Roty Bourgogne, "Cuvee de Pressonnier," $32.00

Joseph Roty is based in Gevrey Chambertin and is known for having some of the oldest vines in the village, as well as the village of Marsannay just to the north. The vines for this cuvee are 40 to 45 years old, and up until 1994, they were classified as Gevrey Chambertin. The strength of the old vines comes through in the concen-tration and depth of the fruit which leaves a plush, vel-vety palate impression. It is framed by a discreet touch of oak that in no way detracts from the overall balance and delicious finish. You are actually getting a good Gevrey village-quality wine for the cost of a Bourgogne rouge! This is a standout in the 2011 vintage, and can be enjoyed immediately or over the next few years.