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Côte Rôtie

Appellation d'origine protégée

This is the most northerly appellation to be produced in the Rhône Valley and one of the oldest French vineyards. The perfect balance between the terroirs of “Côte Brune” and “Côte Blonde” gives a racy Laurus Côte Rôtie with great aromatic finesse.

Cote Rotie
couleur
2011
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Very cold winter. Late, cool spring. The budding and flowering processes followed on from each other between end of April and early June. Good ripening with a moderately hot summer and sufficient subsoil water. The harvest began on the 15th September.

Rewards
92   Wine Spectator
88   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
 
etiquette
Côte Rôtie
Vintage
2011

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

- Plots on Côte Brune: at 180 m of altitude, terraces of ferrous mica schist producing textured wines, with good ageing potential. South/south-eastern exposure.
- Plots on Côte Blonde: soils made up of leuco gneiss and loess, conferring elegance and finesse.

Winemaking: 

Grapes were hand-picked and placed in vats. Fermentation and maceration lasted 20 days. Malolactic fermentation in 275-litre oak Laurus barrels (new) followed by 15-months of elevage.

Production: 3,757 bottles
Bottled on: 19/06/2013

Tasting notes: 

Lovely blood-red colour. The nose is exuberant with aromas of liquorice and candied black olives. The palate is powerful and generous with subtle flavours. The finish is long and persistent with aromas of violet.(Aug. 2014).

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

16-18 °C – Ideal when opened 3 hours prior to serving

Beef fillet with spices
Filet mignon of farm pork in salt crust

Optimum maturity: 2014-2024
ABV : 12,5%

Age of vines & yield: 

25 years on average – 32 hl/ha

During the Middle Age, it is said that a Lord shared his property between his two daughters, one of them blond and the other brunette, thus giving rise to the names “Côte Blonde” and “Côte Brune”.

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