This bottling is always one of contrasting power and elegance, hallmarks of the Côte Blonde style. The grapes mainly come from 30-year-old Syrah vines growing on three of the steepest parcels in Côte-Rôtie, with 5% Viognier that brings a floral note to the wine. Close to the Condrieu appellation, the soils here are mostly granite. The vinification is done in stainless steel tanks to preserve the minerality of the fruit and then followed by 18-month aging in oak barrels (with only 30% new).
Every vintage, this wine expresses its intrinsic savory and elegant character. The wine reveals its mineral and smoky notes, which lie alongside aromas of black fruit, black olives, and pepper, and there is always a floral dimension that softens the wine. On the palate, its firm but polished tannins carry through to the finish. There's always an immediate pleasure in drinking this wine, but it is also capable of aging for years, and time in bottle brings out the most typical expressions of the appellation.
The 2018 Vintage is yet to be reviewed – 2017 vintage: 95 Points, Josh Raynolds, Robert Parker Wine Advocate: "Dark, glistening violet. Intensely perfumed, mineral-accented aromas of black raspberry and boysenberry, joined by exotic spice, potpourri and incense nuances that build with air. Energetic and focused on the palate, offering lithe, precise red and dark berry liqueur and violet pastille flavors and hints of star anise and cracked pepper. The floral note carries powerfully through a strikingly long finish, which features resonating red fruit and mineral notes and suave, well-judged tannins. This wine's elegant character is quite something, especially in the context of a hot vintage. One-third whole clusters and 25% new oak.”