|Brand||Domaine Prieuré Roch|
|Oak Treatment||French Oak|
|Total Varietal Composition %||100% Pinot Noir|
The Chambertin Close de Béze is a complex and generous wine with beautiful balance of freshness, concentration and elegance. 2007 was generally regarded as a good vintage for red Burgundy with plenty of early drinking appeal.
Domaine Prieuré Roch is something of a cult, minimal-intervention Burgundy producer with vineyard holdings throughout the Côte d'Or but mostly concentrated in Nuit-Saint-Georges. Wines are made from a number of designated appellations with Pinot Noir red wines in preponderance. However, the estate also has Chardonnay vineyards in the Côte de Beaune. The estate was founded in 1988 by Henri-Frédéric Roch – a member of the Leroy family and co-owner and co-director of the legendary Domaine de la Romanée-Conti since 1992. The "prieuré" (meaning "priory" in French) was appended by Roch himself. Prieuré Roch was established with just two hectares (five acres) of vineyards divided between four different parcels in Vosne Romanée. These parcels had, at the time, been sold off by Romanée-Conti in order finance the acquisition of a larger portion of the Romanée-Saint-Vivant site. The estate now boasts more than 14 hectares (34 acres) with a strong majority in Nuit-Saint-Georges. The domaine's holdings include a number of highly-regarded grand and premier cru vineyards. It is arguably best known for the uncommonly large, five-hectare (12 acre) premier cru monopole, the Clos de Corvées in the southern Premeaux-Prissey commune of the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation. Unsurprisingly, however, despite the recognition of its premier cru parcels, its grand cru wines from Chambertin-Clos-de-Bèze and Clos de Vougeot command higher prices. Prieuré Roch also produces wines from the Vosne-Romanée premier cru Les Scuhots as well as other, village-level, holdings in the commune. In 2010, the estate expanded further with the acquisition of a few hectares in the Côte de Beaune from which it produces its Ladoix Chardonnay. The vineyards are all managed using organic farming practices. The domaine has also gained a reputation for its strict low yield productions enforced in the early 1990s.