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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.

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2016
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After a particularly mild winter, vines reached early maturity. The hot summer in the Northern Rhone Valley kept the vines very healthy, and the mid-harvest rains favoured a ripening without stress. The result is an aromatic profile, fresh and perhaps even more structured than 2015, making it an exceptional, incredibly deep vintage.

Rewards

92 pts   Wine Advocate - Robert Parker

89-92 pts   Jeb Dunnuck

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Côte Rôtie
Vintage
2016

Grape Varieties: 

100% Syrah

Terroir: 

The selected plots come from the two sectors of the AOP:
- micaschist terraces from the Côte Brune (structure and complexity);
- gneiss and loess from the Côte Blonde (finesse and elegance).

Winemaking: 

Harvest started on September 22nd 2016. Grapes were hand-picked and placed in vats. Fermentation and maceration lasted 20 days. Malolactic fermentation in 275-litre oak Laurus barrels followed by 15-months of elevage.
Production: 3 633 bottles, 105 magnums, 19 jeroboams and 10 mathusalems
Bottled on: May 17th 2018

Tasting notes: 

"it's a sexy, oaky wine, loaded with cedar, vanilla and espresso notes. Medium to full-bodied, it's velvety on the palate, picking up some meaty notes on the finish." Joe Czerwinski, October 31st 2018.

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

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

Optimum maturity: 2018 - 2027
 

ABV: 13.5%

Roasted quail with chestnuts
Deer with cranberries

Age of vines & yield: 

20 to 30 years on average - 40hl/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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