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Cote Rotie Wines

Cote Rotie Wines

Cote Rotie Wines

The Côte-Rôtie appellation is one of Northern Rhône’s two best-established winemaking regions, and the quality of their wines wastes no time in demonstrating that fact. The name translates as “roasted slope,” paying homage to the plentiful, rich sunlight that washes over the slopes each day. Couple that with other signature continental climate factors and you have a region perfect for growing plump, delicious grapes.

The familiar Syrah and Viognier varietals have to be fermented at the same time according to the rules of this AOC, which creates an interesting combination of aromatic notes and perfumes. If you indulge in one of these fine wines, you will feel a distinct blend of smoked meat flavors and floral notes that bring it all to life, like a colorful salad in a feast. Expect to be greeted by subtle yet delicious hints of leather, plum, white pepper or black pepper as well, depending on the individual bottle.

Whether you want to enrich your collection and impress your wine-enthusiast friends, or you want to uncork a breath-taking bottle at a social event, Côte-Rôtie wines have you covered. Their ability to refresh and invigorate the consumer will leave everyone floored – potentially literally, as these bottles are very hard to resist. They also complement dishes like game, sausage, and duck perfectly, so you can get creative with your food pairing ideas. Let us introduce you to the finest wines of this region, so that you may discover new love as you sample these wonderful flavors.
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2018 e. guigal cote rotie chateau dampuis Rhone Red

...the 2018 Côte Rôtie Chateau D’Ampuis is nevertheless a remarkable Côte Rôtie that readers will love to have in the cellar. Sporting a deep ruby/purple hue as well as awesome Côte Rôtie notes of smoked game, violets, acacia flowers, and both red and black fruits, this beauty is medium to full-bodied, has polished, seamless tannins, and a layered, perfectly balanced mouthfeel. It shows the softer style of the vintage (especially compared to the more structured, tannic 2019) and already offers pleasure, but this will easily evolve for at least two decades.Jeb Dunnuck | 97 JDGlass-staining violet color. Expansive black and blue fruit, licorice, incense and floral qualities on the powerfully scented nose. Smooth and expansive in style, offering palate-coating cherry-vanilla, cassis and blueberry flavors that take on smoky mineral, candied violet and exotic spice accents as the wine opens up. Finishes extremely long, sappy and appealingly sweet, with steadily building tannins and resonating blue fruit, spice and floral notes. Aged for 38 months in new oak barrels.Vinous Media | 96 VMThe very deep, smoky and spicy nose pulls you into this very concentrated, focused and elegant Cote-Rotie, with delicate notes of coconut and pomegranate adding to the very complex picture. Very long, polished finish with delicate sweetness and underplayed power. Drink or hold.James Suckling | 96 JSSmoky, briary and complex, the 2018 Cote Rotie Chateau d’Ampuis spent 38 months in new oak, yet it still exudes notes of blackberries and blueberries, testament to the wine’s ample concentration. It’s full-bodied and rich yet silky and long, with hints of mocha and brown sugar appearing on the finish. It’s another beautiful vintage of this cuvée, which combines fruit from seven different parcels (three on the Cote Blonde and four on the Cote Brune).Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 95+ RPThis dense, brooding red is packed with smoked meat, boysenberry, dried fig, black tea and charred cedar. Well-built and concentrated, this has formidable tannins that carry the smoky, bacony, savory finish. A complex red still approaching its prime. Drink now through 2030. 200 cases imported.Wine Spectator | 94 WS

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