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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The 2011 had an impressive destiny: quite light at the beginning, it had some austerity which is usually the typical Cote-Rotie enemy. Then the elevage revealed a very good vintage, very intense and balanced. Finally 2011 looks like 2010: this is a real Cote Rotie with real aromas of Cote Rotie and a delicious texture. Cheminee soot, bacon, violet, graphite, cold ash, ancient roses, and licorice. Bottled without filtration.
"Shows good vivacity, with a mouthwatering anise note underpinning the layers of plum sauce and blackberrry confiture. Offers lots of bouncy spice and a brambly feel through the finish, while an iron accent lurks in the background. "
"Inky purple. Vibrant aromas of blackberry liqueur, woodsmoke and bitter chocolate, along with a seductive floral topnote. Dense, lush and sweet, with a seamless texture and very good focus. Aeration brings out a bright mineral element that carries through a very long, floral-accented finish with a whisper of tannins.
International Wine Cellar
Louis Barruol is the 14th generation Barruol to make wine at Saint Cosme. The Chateau was built in the late 16th Century on the site of a former Roman villa, and the remains of a Roman wine cellar, carved into the stone of the hillside, still exist in the chateau's caves. There are 37 acres of vineyards and the vines average 60 years of age. The old plots (pictured on the Gigondas label) and stitch across the escarpment of the ragged Dentelles de Montmirail, an oft-painted mountain range.
The Rhone appellation furthest north, the translation of Cote Rotie is roasted slope, named after the region's very steep, south facing slopes that have ideal exposure to the sun. There are two main slopes, Cote Brunes & Cote Blondes. They are just as they sound, with the darker Brunes soils consisting of rich clay and iron, producing firm and robust wine. The...Read More About Cote Rotie
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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