100% Syrah from vines that are 40-70 years old.
Côte Rôtie has a long and illustrious history with numerous enthusiasts worldwide. In the eighteenth century, Thomas Jefferson visited Côte Rôtie while he was America's ambassador to France and described the wine region as "a string of broken hills extending a league on the river from the village of Ampuis to the town of Condrieu." Jefferson had become an expert on wine after traveling to all of the major wine regions within France, Italy and Germany to taste, discuss and buy wine. And his personal pleasure in wine was clear: "Good wine is a daily necessity for me," he wrote. During his visit Jefferson purchased Côte Rôtie, having it bottled and put in wooden cases for shipment to his home in Paris. And in 1787 he wrote about his Côte Rôtie wines: "There is a quality which keeps well, bears transportation and that cannot be drunk under four years."
Eric's Côte Rôtie is a rich and velvety wine reminiscent of the elegance found in Burgundian Pinot Noir. A perfumed and intense nose of cassis and smoky bacon fat with hints of violet combined with the crisp acidity and fine tannins build a complex and perfectly balanced palate for this sensational wine. You can easily expect Eric's Côte Rôtie to age gracefully from 10 to 20 years.