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


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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Julien Pilon 2018 Cote Rotie "La Porchette" 750ml


75% from Bassenon, which is Côte Blonde and on granitic soil, and 25% from Rozier, which is aged in amphora. In 2018 Julien kept the stems on from Rozier only. My notes read, “What a deft hand, amazing wine.” This wine is stuff of...

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Guigal 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline 750ml


Floral aromas accent sturdy notes of grilled meat and almost delicate notes of red berries in the open, approachable 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline. Medium to full-bodied, it shows great purity and a supple, silky, classic feel. It's built more on elegance...

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Guigal 2014 Cote Rotie La Turque 750ml


Now that it's in bottle, the 2014 Cote Rotie La Turque has exceeded all of my earlier expectations. It's got those classic Côte Rôtie elements on the nose of smoked bacon, olives and violets, seamlessly entwined with supple tannins and...

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Guigal 2014 Cote Rotie La Landonne 750ml


Intense, with charcoal and warm cast iron notes running through the dense core of dark fig and plum paste flavors. The edges show a singed apple wood note, with bittersweet cocoa powder details. Muscular, dense and driven, with the charcoal element...

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Rene Rostaing 2012 Cote Rotie "La Landonne" 750ml


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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Domaine Champet 2018 Cote Rotie "La Vialliere" 750ml


Dark violet. Spice- and mineral-accented black and blue fruit aromas show excellent definition and pick up olive, smoky bacon and candied violet notes with air. Sappy and concentrated but energetic as well, offering palate-staining blackberry, bitter...

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Jamet 2017 Cote Rotie "Fructus Voluptas" 750ml


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


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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