(2018) Though not part of the 'vintage pairs' comparitive tasting, 2008 was definitely an Atlantic year for Roda, the winter very dry, then Spring brought rain "that did not stop," with 250mm falling in May alone, followed by a terrible summer and very late harvest for all agricultural produce in the area. There is a herbal note here, as well as cherry and a little dried blood and game note, the pertness of the cherry is lovely. On the palate there is a supple roundness, spiciness, and that herbal touch just adds to the fresh and quaffable character, with plenty of fruit in an obvioulsy well-managed vintage.
(2017) This Fleurie is made in the Château's cellars, which belong to one of the Loron family. The Gamay is grown on pink granite soils and the wine vinified in old oak vats. It has a youthful crimson colour and pleasing, quite svelte nose of crushed black berries, cherries and a little graphite edge. In the mouth it is firm and racy, a fine core of acidity and taut tannin draped with quite concentrated black fruit. Elegant, fairly lean in style, and long.
(2016) A year of excellent balance, reputed to be one of the best for a Chablis. An open and attractive nuttiness to this, wax and buttery characters and silky texture. The palate has immense concentration and still that mid-palate sweetness and intense salt and lemons bite of acidity. Very long, serious and intellectual.
(2016) The nose has a wonderful leesy and gently Chaource nose, intense and rich with iodine and salt. The palate has a wonderful saline and lemon purity, long with dazzling purity and intensity.