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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
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2012
Solar & Well-balanced
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Winter was cold and dry. The water shortage was solved thanks to spring rains. Vigilance was at its peak throughout the vineyard in April and May due to significant variations in temperature and rainfall. August was marked by intense heat. The end of August and September brought a drop in temperature caused by the Mistral and rain. The harvest began on the 10th September.

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89   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker
 
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Côte Rôtie
Vintage
2012

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 14-months of elevage.
Production: 3,600 bottles
Bottled on: 19 June 2014

Tasting notes: 

Dark blood-red colour. Generous nose with a strong Côte Brune character of licorice and spice and slight mint-plum aroma. The palate is very elegant and fine with a smooth, silky texture.(Tasted Aug. 2014).

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

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

Pheasant terrine
Loin of lamb with herbs
Woodcock with cep (porcini) mushrooms

Optimum maturity: 2015-2022
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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