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Côte-Rôtie

Côte Rôtie has been an important viticultural center for millennia, potentially even the site of the earliest cultivation of the vine in what is now France. Nearby Vienne was an important Roman settlement, and the steeply terraced vineyards on schist soils rising up the right bank of the Rhone date from the 2nd Century BCE.  By the mid-20th Century, however, the region held little prestige, especially as compared to Hermitage. Primarily due to the efforts of Marcel Guigal, the appellation regained its status beginning in the 1980s, and today it produces some of the most sought-after Syrah (often blended with a touch of Viognier) in the world. Côte Rôtie are certainly robust wines, the best among which will age for decades, but they are equally known for elegance and perfume.

Domaine Jasmin 2016 Cote Rotie "La Giroflarie" 750ml

$86.86

Glistening violet. Smoke- and mineral-accented cherry and black raspberry scents are complemented by suggestions of tobacco, violet and cracked pepper. Silky in texture and lively on the palate, offering gently sweet dark berry, cherry compote and floral...

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Jean-Luc Jamet 2016 Cote Rotie "Terrases" 750ml

$130.35

The 2016 Cote Rotie shows lovely black cherry and dark berry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with a rich, supple mouthfeel and a long, silky finish. It's not the most nuanced Côte Rôtie out there, but it's certainly satisfying, and it...

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Stephane Ogier 2016 Cote Rotie "Mon Village" 750ml

$86.86

Deep bright-rimmed ruby. Assertive blackberry, candied licorice, bacon and potpourri scents are complemented by a smoky mineral overtone. Seamless and energetic in the mouth, offering deeply concentrated dark fruit and floral pastille flavors and a...

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Rene Rostaing 2016 Cote Rotie "La Landonne" 750ml

$304.26

Getting a big "Wow" in the notes, the 2012 Cote Rotie la Landonne offers additional richness, concentration and depth, with notes of lots of floral and violet notes intermixed with cassis, cruhsed rock and pepper. Full-bodied, concentrated and with...

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Rene Rostaing 2017 Cote Rotie "Cote Blonde" 750ml

$315.57

I think the best wine here (at the moment anyways) is the 2012 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde. More reserved and closed initially, it has subtle, yet seductive notes of black raspberry, blackberry, toasted spice, smoke earth and cured meat that gradually open up...

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Rene Rostaing 2017 Cote Rotie "Cuvee Ampodium" 750ml

$147.74

Deep, brilliant violet. A mineral-tinged bouquet evokes ripe black and blue fruits, peony and licorice, and a peppery flourish builds as the wine opens up. Shows impressive energy on the palate, offering juicy boysenberry and cherry compote flavors...

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Duclaux 2017 Cote Rotie "Maison Rouge" 750ml

$126.00

Inky, bright-rimmed ruby. Highly expressive cherry, violet pastille, baking spice and smoky mineral aromas show excellent definition and pick up a suggestion of incense with air. Sappy, concentrated black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show very...

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Duclaux 2017 Cote Rotie "La Germine" 750ml

$95.56

Deep, shimmering violet. Assertive, mineral- and spice-tinged black raspberry, blueberry, incense and peony aromas carry a spicy topnote. Ripe red and blue liqueur flavors are braced by a spine of smoky minerality and show building spiciness and a hint...

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Pierre Jean Villa 2017 Cote Rotie "Carmina" 750ml

$108.60

Saturated, bright-rimmed violet. An assertively perfumed bouquet displays mineral-accented black and blue fruit and wisteria scents, and olive, smoky bacon and exotic spice notes emerge with air. In a concentrated yet lively style, offering appealingly...

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Duclaux 2017 Cote Rotie "La Chana" 750ml

$86.86

Opaque ruby. Smoke-accented aromas of ripe dark berries, licorice, pungent flowers, olive and cracked pepper; a hint of mocha emerges slowly. Spicy and seamless on the palate, offering bitter cherry and blackberry flavors that display very good depth and...

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Stephane Ogier 2015 Cote Rotie "Lancement" 750ml

$543.39

The finest vintage of this cuvée to date, there's a scant four barrels of the 2015 Côte Rôtie Lancement, which comes from a site high up on the slope in the Côte Blonde end of the appellation. Completely destemmed and brought up...

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Jamet 2017 Cote Rotie "Fructus Voluptas" 750ml

$147.74

Opaque magenta. Ripe blackberry and cherry liqueur aromas are complemented by suggestions of peppery spices, licorice and candied violet. Round, concentrated black and blue fruit flavors show very good delineation, and smoky mineral and cracked pepper...

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Stephane Ogier 2015 Cote Rotie "Reserve" 750ml

$156.43

Deep ruby. A deeply perfumed bouquet evokes fresh dark berries, violet, olive paste and smoky minerals, with a suave floral topnote. Offers densely packed black and blue fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors that stretch out slowly as the wine...

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