Producer note: Philippe Roty succinctly describes 2011 as a vintage that "required a lot of attention to detail in the vineyards as the growing season was anything but consistent. We began picking on the 3rd of September and brought in very clean fruit though some sorting was necessary to eliminate any under ripe berries. Quantities were less than average but still 20% more than we obtained in 2010. We did our normal vinification as the phenolics were certainly mature, in fact that is probably the defining element of the vintage as the tannins are soft, round and agreeable, which is exactly the character of the wines." I would characterize the performance of the domaine in 2011 as in-line with the general quality of the vintage. The now in-bottle 2010s are terrific wines but I must add one note of caution which is simply that the wood treatment in a number of cases is decidedly generous. Indeed in some cases, it's enough to mark the wines on both the nose and the palate so let your preference be your guide. To be fair, and clear, this is a matter of style rather than quality as the quality of the Roty '10s is indisputable but one can either like, or not, the lavish oak treatment.
Tasting note: There is better integration of the wood on the pretty and attractively fresh nose of red berries, plum, black cherry and subtle warm earth hints. There is excellent energy to the well-detailed and enveloping medium weight plus flavors that possess a lovely mouth feel on the firm, balanced, complex and highly persistent finish.