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Laurus

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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2013
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After a very cold winter and late spring, the flowering process ended in mid-June. Summer weather conditions were stable with plentiful subsoil water supplies, enabling the ripening process to be completed in the best of conditions. Harvest began the 14th of September.

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Côte Rôtie
Vintage
2013

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

The selected plots come from the two sectors of the AOC:
- Côte Brune: at 180 m of altitude, terraces of ferrous mica schist producing textured wines, with good ageing potential. South/South-eastern exposure.
- 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: 3,150 bottles
Bottled on: 3rd June 2015

Tasting notes: 

Deep red colour. On the nose, sandalwood and graphite aromas dominate. The palate is full and elegant with a generous structure and elegant tannins. On the finish, Espelette pepper notes contribute freshness and spicyness to the wine. (Oct. 2015)

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

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

Venison stew
Pigeon with Chanterelle mushrooms

Optimum maturity: 2017 - 2025
ABV: 13%

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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