Cote Brune Cote Rotie 2009

Gilles Barge, Cote Brune AOC/AOP Cote Rotie, Ampuis, Rhone, France, 2009

Cote Rotie is a syrah-based wine, which can be varietal, though up to 20% viognier is permitted; but if used, it must be in a co-fermented blend.  Cote Rotie is divided into two parts according to soil type.  Cote Brune, or the brown slope, is on dark, iron-rich schist; and the Cote Blonde, or the pale slope, is on pale coloured granite and schist.

Natural cork closure, 12.5% abv, DBM Wines, £40 inc vat.

WSET style tasting note

Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity ruby, showing tears.

Nose: clean the nose, of medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of high-toned black cherry, kirsch, sweet squashy blackberry, violets, smoky, preserved plums, with a hint of dark chocolate, earthiness and the merest hint of vanilla.

Palate: a dry wine, medium (+) acidity, medium fine-grained well-integrated tannins, medium alcohol and body, medium (+) intensity, showing a smooth texture, with flavours of ripe black cherry, blackberry boiled sweets and bilberry.  A long length of black berry and sweet black cherry with a clean lightly grippy finish.

Quality:  A very good quality wine, well structured and rounded, with acidity to balance the intensity of flavour.  Smooth well-integrated tannins; there is some development showing, with rich brooding notes of dark chocolate, boiled sweets and smoke, with a good level of flavour intensity, with more complexity on the promising nose.  The length is long and flavoursome, this wine is ready to drink and will improve over the next 3-5 years.

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