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Professional Ratings: 95 Wine Spectator, 93 International Wine Cellar, 92 The Wine Advocate
Region: Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
Other Info: Collectible Wines, Boutique Wines
Style: Earthy & Spicy
Alcohol By Volume: 13%
Item no. 118198
Very well balanced, it is a typical example of my Côte-Rôtie grown on schistes. This is a vintage to follow carefully. Notes of chimney soot, bacon, violet, graphite, cold ash and ancient roses.
A dark, gutsy style, with lots of briary grip supporting the black olive, singed bay leaf, mulled black currant and macerated blackberry fruit. Terrific aromatics are slowly emerging, and the sweet tapenade-filled finish is long and mouthwatering. Built for the cellar. Best from 2013 through 2027.
Vivid purple. Pungent, spice- and floral-accented aromas of black and blue fruits and licorice, with a peppery topnote. Sappy, incisive and pure, offering intense black raspberry and boysenberry flavors that put on weight in the glass. Shows excellent clarity and power on the finish, which features silky tannins and zesty minerality. Most of this fruit was sourced from Vialliere, according to Barruol.
Several of the 2010s to look for in a year or so include Louis Barruol’s 2010 Cote-Rotie, which possesses plenty of black olive, black raspberry and cassis fruit, with hints of Christmas fruitcake, incense, and an almost exotic Asian spice note. Drink it over the next 15 years.