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.

Rene Rostaing 2019 Cote Rotie "Cuvee Ampodium" 750ml

$147.74 $129.99

An opulent, rich vintage of this cuvée, the 2019 Cote Rotie Ampodium still offers up nicely detailed, intricate floral notes layered atop raspberries and mocha. Medium to full-bodied, it's velvety and lush, with plenty of length on the finish. It...

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Rene Rostaing 2017 Cote Rotie "Cote Blonde" 750ml

$315.57

Even better than last year, the recently bottled 2017 Cote Rotie La Cote Blonde was singing when I tasted it back in July. Floral and berry notes accent mocha-tinged aromas in this medium to full-bodied wine. It's silky, long and intense, with a couple...

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Rene Rostaing 2017 Cote Rotie "La Landonne" 750ml

$304.26

In tank and awaiting bottling when I tasted it, the 2017 Cote Rotie la Landonne has smoothed out and added complexity in the past year. It now shows classic savory, meaty, la Landonne character and plenty of mocha goodness. It's medium to full-bodied,...

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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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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 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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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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Domaine Jamet 2018 Cote Rotie 750ml

$185.99

I was able to taste numerous barrel samples of the 2018 Côte Rôtie, all rating between 95 and 99 points, which is a good sign! Most barrels were not destemmed and all the samples displayed inky colors, beautiful purity of fruit, classic Jamet...

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J Boutin 2019 Cote Rotie "Bonneveaux" 750ml

$147.74

The domaine is farmed organically and the grapes are picked late to ensure maximum ripeness. In the winery, sulphur is used only where absolutely necessary. The wines are very pure and fresh, very expressive of terroir. From 70 year old vines across...

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Jamet 2017 Cote Rotie "Fructus Voluptas" 750ml

$156.43

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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