The first vintage of this cuvée was the spectacular 2015. Côte Blonde is one of the two most sought-after sites in the Northern Rhône – known for more reserved, long-aging Syrah. This wine comes from vines planted in 2010 on a south-eastern exposure on the hill at 220-247 meters above sea level. The gneiss soils (a granitic and volcanic soil composition) of this site add incredible character and texture to the final wine produced.
The 2016 vintage is a blend of 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier that was the result of a double sorting process, once in the vineyard during manual harvesting, and the second on the sorting table. The grapes are 100% de-stemmed and undergo a delicate pressing and cold maceration in stainless steel. The wine is then aged for 20 months in French oak barrels. The cellaring potential for this wine is fantastic, with further development and complexity possible for 20+ years.
97+ points, Jeb Dunnuck – “The 2016 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde is more reserved and slightly backward, with meaty dark fruits, decaying flowers, olive, and game nuances all taking some coaxing. It’s firing on all cylinders on the palate, however, and has an awesome core of fruit, polished, silky tannins, great intensity and depth, and a weightless mouthfeel. Hide this for 4-5 years, and it will knock your socks off over the following two decades.”