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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
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.

15,5/20   Bettane & Desseauve 2017 guide

Côte Rôtie

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah


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.


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: 

"The 2014 Côte Rôtie Laurus has an herbal edge in its dark fruits, olive tapenade and peppery herbs. These give way to a medium-bodied, fresh, elegant Côte Rôtie that has juicy acidity and a clean, straightforward style."

Jeb Dunnuck for Robert Parker, Wine Advocate - 30th Dec 2016

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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