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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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2019
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In the Northern Rhone Valley, the vintage is of exceptionnally high quality, showing both richness and freshness. Following a rather warm start to the spring, temperatures dropped and remained below seasonal averages until the beginning of summer. The vines then faced high temperatures in July and August. Thankfully, rain arrived at the beginning of the harvest, ensuring both quantity and quality for all of our appellations.

Rewards

92 - 94pts  Jeb Dunnuck

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Côte Rôtie
Vintage
2019

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 17th and 30th of September 2019. 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 14 months of ageing.
1 008 bottles produced.
Bottled on June 10th 2021.
Vegan Wine.

Tasting notes: 

" ...the 2019 Côte Rôtie Laurus has lots of black raspberry, mulberries, graphite, crushed stone, and gamey notes to go with a full-bodied style on the palate. It has plenty of tannins but more than enough fruit. " Jeb Dunnuck, November 2020

Service & food pairing suggestions: 

Serve at 14-16 °C – Ideal when opened 3 hours prior to serving
Optimum maturity: 2021 - 2036
ABV: 14%
 
Deer steak and cranberry sauce
Partridges with candied lemons

Age of vines & yield: 

25 to 40 years on average - 28hl/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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