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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
2014
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A healthy flowering and fruit set in the Spring was followed by particularly damp and rainy July. Followed a very sunny and windy month of August which accelerated the ripening process and resulted in healthy, fully mature grapes with lively acidity.
Harvest began on 18th september 2014.
Rewards

93 pts   Wine Spectator

15,5/20   Bettane & Desseauve 2017 guide

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Côte Rôtie
Vintage
2014

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 followed by 14-months of elevage.
Production: 1.714 bottles, 256 magnums, 15 jeroboams and 2 mathusalems
Bottled on: 24th June 2016

Tasting notes: 

"Perfumy up front, with juniper and bergamot notes slowly giving way to a racy-edged core of red currant, damson plum and black cherry fruit. Displays lovely tension from start to finish." Wine Spectator, August 31st, 2017

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

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

Optimum maturity: 2016 - 2026
 

Perdreaux with candied lemons

Biche sautéed with pepper and celery puree
 
ABV: 12.5%

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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