Julien Barge Cote Rotie Cote Blonde 2016  Front Label
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Julien Barge Cote Rotie Cote Blonde 2016

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750ML / 12.5% ABV
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750ML / 12.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

An intense nose of macerated fruits, reminiscent of cherries and must still be released over time.

On the palate very dense, harmonious with fruit flavors, completely melted tannins, delicate and persistent. Very balanced.

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Wine Spectator
This is tightly packed, offering pure cassis, damson plum and bitter cherry fruit, inlaid with singed alder, tea and olive notes. The long finish features a piercing iron spine that runs throughout and imparts a very precise feel. Best from 2022 through 2040.
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Julien Barge, France
The transition from Gilles to Julien Barge has been years in the making and culminated with the 2016 vintage where the wines were labeled under Julien’s name. Still bottling the Cuvee Plessy from the Cote Blonde as wells a Cote Blonde designate and a very limited amount of Cote Brune which averages only around 400 cases for the world. The cellar was completely modernized back in 2000 in order to be dedicated to the best vilification possible for the future.
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Cote Rotie Wine

Rhone, France

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The cultivation of vines here began with Greek settlers who arrived in 600 BC. Its proximity to Vienne was important then and also when that city became a Roman settlement but its situation, far from the negociants of Tain, led to its decline in more modern history. However the 1990s brought with it a revival fueled by one producer, Marcel Guigal, who believed in the zone’s potential. He, along with the critic, Robert Parker, are said to be responsible for the zone’s later 20th century renaissance.

Where the Rhone River turns, there is a build up of schist rock and a remarkable angle that produces slopes to maximize the rays of the sun. Cote Rotie remains one of the steepest in viticultural France. Its varied slopes have two designations. Some are dedicated as Côte Blonde and others as Côte Brune. Syrahs coming from Côte Blonde are lighter, more floral, and ready for earlier consumption—they can also include up to 20% of the highly scented Viognier. Those from Côte Brune are more sturdy, age-worthy and are typically nearly 100% Syrah. Either way, a Cote Rotie is going to have a particularly haunting and savory perfume, expressing a more feminine side of the northern Rhone.

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Marked by an unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah makes an intense, powerful and often age-worthy red. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah achieves its maximum potential in the steep village of Hermitage and plays an important component in the Red Rhône Blends of the south, adding color and structure to Grenache and Mourvèdre. Syrah is the most widely planted grape of Australia and is important in California and Washington. Sommelier Secret—Such a synergy these three create together, the Grenache, Syrah, Mourvedre trio often takes on the shorthand term, “GSM.”

UBNJBCRB16_2016 Item# 824180

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