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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.

couleur
2018
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2018 was atypical in many ways. This vintage required a constant presence from the vineyards to the cellar. After a mild Winter, the wet and rainy Spring gave way to a beautiful Summer, favoring a perfect growth of the grapes. September then ushered in an Indian Summer that proved to be more than ideal for harvests with cool nights and warm & sunny days. The grapes were harvested for a total of 8 weeks at optimal maturity and under ideal climatic conditons. The result is an elegant vintage with a particularly aromatic profile and a superbe balance.
Rewards

94-96+ Jeb Dunnuck 

etiquette
Côte Rôtie
Vintage
2018

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 between the 10th and 15th of September 2018. Grapes are hand-picked, destemmed and placed in vats.  Fermentation and a 20-day maceration. The wine is then racked-off into new 275-liter French oak Laurus barrels for 16 months of ageing.
Production: 3 502 bottles, 60 magnums, 24 jeroboams and 6 mathusalems.
Bottled on June 5th 2020.
Vegan Friendly.

Tasting notes: 

" Made from 100% Syrah, the 2018 Côte Rôtie Laurus sports a saturated purple color as well as a stunning bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, new saddle leather, camphor, and spring flowers. One of the finest vintages I've tasted for this cuvée, it's full-bodied, has wonderful purity, sweet tannins, and just loads to love." Jeb Dunnuck, december 2019

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at 16-18 °C – Ideal when opened 3 hours prior to serving
Optimum maturity: 2020 - 2035
ABV: 13.5%
Roasted pheasant with Perigord truffle
Spice-rubbed beef tenderloin

Age of vines & yield: 

21 to 36 years on average - 32hl/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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