Exclusive 2015 Domaine Prieuré-Roch Release


The Vintage

At DPR, the vintage was not easy, despite the universal declarations of 2015 being “vintage of the century”. The weather over the growing season was not always friendly and so Champ and his team were not assured of having a good harvest. However, it turned out that the conditions at harvest time were absolutely exceptional. Usually – because of the number of different plots they work with and the tries that they do – DPR need 10-12 days to harvest, but in 2015 it took only 6. They had never experienced a harvest like it. The weather was cool in the morning and warm in the afternoon so the pickers worked in optimal conditions, resulting in the perfect situation for healthy grapes. In fact, picking was so easy in this vintage that the team were “nearly running up and down the rows”! These ideal conditions have resulted in exceptional wines. At DPR, the southern facing slopes did slightly better but overall all the wines were of consistently good quality. Yannick Champ thinks that qualitatively the 2015s are on a par with the 2005s, the key difference being that that 2015s are at this stage beautifully open and flattering.


The Philosophy

The winegrowing philosophy at “DPR” is built upon an organic approach to viticulture. The wines are made from old vines (between 30 and 100 years of age), farmed strictly according to organic and biodynamic principles, and harvested as late as possible in several tries. The grapes are picked at full phenolic maturation and every bunch is hand-sorted. All wines are made with 100% full bunch vinification, with stems – for this, proper ripeness is required. The only exception is in very hot years when the very ripe berries can naturally detach from the stems on the sorting table. From these, Pinoterie is made, a special cuvée that is a blend of all plots.
In the cellar, natural vinification is the métier. Whole bunch fermentation begins naturally from wild yeasts, in large open wooden vats. Chaptalisation has never been practiced. A gentle extraction is achieved
from the breaking up of the cap and punching down by foot. Once the wines are in barrel, they are not touched – no tasting is allowed from barrel at the domaine. The wines are left on lees and are bottled by gravity without fining or filtration, when Champ feels it is time. Bottling is the only point at which any SO2 is added in the process, and then only in tiny amounts. Occasionally a wine called Pure is made, from barrels chosen by Yannick at bottling time; it is bottled by hand and to this no SO2 at all is added.
Yannick will not produce a wine if he does not feel that the grapes are good enough. For example, in 2013 he did not produce Le Clos Goillotte. In 2011 his vines in Clos de Vougeot were the only ones not to bottled as a Grand Cru, but that is only because, without chaptalisation, he could not bring the alcohol up to
the 11.5%+ required. As a result of these demanding high standards, Domaine Prieuré Roch produce wines of extraordinary aromatics and energy, with brilliant acidity and ripe, complex flavors that capture the very essence of their fruit and terroir. They are delicious to drink young, but also capable of long-term cellaring. Stylistically they are unique, utterly compelling, and – unsurprisingly given the calibre of their vineyards – of absolutely outstanding quality.

*Cases of Clos de Bèze are cases of 3 because of limited production of the wine*





Wine Name

2015 Production (Bottles)

Price Per Case

Clos de Bèze Grand Cru


$3 375,00

Clos Vougeot Grand Cru


$2 880,00

Vosne-Romanée Les Suchots Premier Cru


$2 490,00

Vosne Romanée Les Hauts-Maizières Premier Cru


$2 340,00

Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Argillières Premier Cru


$2 160,00

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru


$1 230,00

Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru Vieilles Vignes


$1 440,00

Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Corvées Premier Cru


$3 330,00

Ladoix, Le Cloud, Rouge



Ladoix, Le Cloud, Blanc




 *All prices are quoted per case (6x750ml)*