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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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2005 guigal cote rotie la mouline Cote Rotie

Doing everything right and one of the best young wines I’ve ever tasted, the 2005 E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Mouline offers extraordinarily complex and nuanced aromatics of smoked bacon, chocolate, toast, and hints of flowers that are integrated perfectly with the deep raspberry and blackberry fruit profile that only Côte-Rôtie can deliver. Full bodied, dense, concentrated, and seamless on the palate, with a gorgeously suave and silky texture, perfect balance, and ultra fine tannin structure. Despite the structure here, this maintains a subtle elegance and weightlessness that is nothing short of captivating. An awesome wine, I would cellar bottles for a decade, and then drink over the following 20 or so years.Jeb Dunnuck | 100 JDSimilar to the powerful 1988, the inky/purple-colored, dense 2005 Cote Rotie La Mouline offers a stunning perfume of espresso roast, licorice, pepper, blackberries, and black cherries intermixed with hints of chocolate and spring flowers. Powerful, super-concentrated, and ruggedly-constructed with a boatload of tannin, this is a wine to forget for 4-5 years, and drink over the following 25-30. It is the densest, most tannic vintage of La Mouline since 1988.Robert Parker | 100 RPExtremely dense, with Turkish coffee and bittersweet cocoa notes leading the way for a huge core of macerated plum and currant fruit, with warm fig reduction and hoisin sauce notes. The long, graphite- and toast-driven finish sails on and on. Best from 2012 through 2030. 415 cases made.Wine Spectator | 99 WSVivid ruby. Sexy black raspberry and floral aromas are complicated by smoky minerals, Asian spices and a whiff of smoke. Silky, alluringly sweet red and dark berry flavors pack serious punch but come off as weightless, with tangy minerality adding spine and precision. Showing more elegance than last year: its finishing lift, clarity and sweetness comes across as distinctly Burgundian. This suave wine is surprisingly open-knit but I'd wait a while before opening a bottle.Vinous Media | 96 VM

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