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Dom. de Vallouit Les Roziers Cote Rotie 1998

Syrah/Shiraz from Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
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Are you kidding? Cote Rotie from a spectacular vintage for under $30?! This is the ultimate expression of Syrah (perhaps second only to Hermitage in the world of wine) and a true treat for any lover of red wines. Just starting to come into its one, be sure to try a bottle of this world class wine before it's gone forever. Limited offer!

"The 1998 Cote Rotie Les Rosiers Cuvee Speciale is a monstrous effort exhibiting aromas of bacon fat, blackberries, and cassis liqueur, full body, leathery, meaty, olive-like flavors on the palate, immense body, and moderate tannin. Interestingly, this wine saw only 10% new oak. It should age nicely for 15-18 years."
-Wine Advocate

"Wonderful. A mixture of finesse and power, blending aromas of a garden in bloom with minerally notes from wet soil. Full-bodied, with ripe, supple tannins and a silky texture, pickingu p leather, game, smoke, grilled meat and blackberry along the way. Drink now through 2007. 505 cases made."
-Wine Spectator

A Rhône valley producer whose wines have steadily improved over the last decade, culminating in its acquisition in June 2001 by Domaine Etienne Guigal. Louis de Vallouit, a former French athlete and Monte Carlo rally driver, has 30 hectares of vineyard in the Rhône Valley stretching from Côte Rôtie to Montpellier. His cellars are based in the small town of Vaulier, 15 kilometres north of Tain and almost equidistant between the vineyards of Côte Rotie and Hermitage.

Louis de Vallouit is most renowned for his Côte Roties and in particular for his prestige cuvees, Les Roziers, which is produced from a single plot of 40-year-old vines, and La Voniere. He also produces a superb Hermitage from 90-year-old vines in the Clos des Greffieres, the oldest plot of vines on Hermitage hill. With additional investment from its new owner, Domaine Etienne Guigal, this producer will surely now go from strength to strength.

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Domaine de Vallouit

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Domaine de Vallouit, Cote Rotie, Rhone, France
A Rhône valley producer whose wines have steadily improved over the last decade, culminating in its acquisition in June 2001 by Domaine Etienne Guigal. Louis de Vallouit, a former French athlete and Monte Carlo rally driver, has 30 hectares of vineyard in the Rhône Valley stretching from Côte Rôtie to Montpellier. His cellars are based in the small town of Vaulier, 15 kilometres north of Tain and almost equidistant between the vineyards of Côte Rotie and Hermitage.

Louis de Vallouit is most renowned for his Côte Roties and in particular for his prestige cuvees, Les Roziers, which is produced from a single plot of 40-year-old vines, and La Voniere. He also produces a superb Hermitage from 90-year-old vines in the Clos des Greffieres, the oldest plot of vines on Hermitage hill. With additional investment from its new owner, Domaine Etienne Guigal, this producer will surely now go from strength to strength.

Cote Rotie

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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.

Syrah/Shiraz

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Marked by unmistakable deep purple hue and savory aromatics, Syrah accounts for a good deal of some of the most intense, powerful and age-worthy reds in the world. Native to the Northern Rhône, Syrah still achieves some of its maximum potential here, especially from Hermitage and Côte-Rôtie.

Syrah also plays an important component in the canonical Southern Rhône blends based on Grenache, Syrah and Mourvèdre, adding color, depth, complexity and structure to the mix. Today these blends have become well-appreciated from key appellations of the New World, namely Australia, California and increasingly, with praise, from Washington.

In the Glass

Syrah typically shows aromas and flavors of purple fruits, fragrant violets, baking spice, white pepper and even bacon, smoke or black olive. In Australia, where it goes under the name Shiraz, it produces deep, dark, intense and often, jammy reds. While Northern Rhône examples are typically less fruity and more earthy, California appears increasingly capable of either style.

Perfect Pairings

Flavorful Moroccan-spiced lamb, grilled meats, spareribs and hard, aged cheeses are perfect with Syrah. Blue cheeses are perfect with a dense and fruit-driven Australian Shiraz.

Sommelier Secret

Due to the success of Australian “Shiraz,” winemakers throughout the world have adopted this synonym for Syrah when they have produced a plush and fruit forward wine made in the Australian style. As an aside, Australians are also fond of tempering their fruit-forward Shiraz by blending with Cabernet Sauvignon, which adds depth and structure.

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