Côte-Rôtie "Brune & Blonde de Guigal"

Soil type

Plots on steep slopes Côte Blonde : Silicone limestone soil Côte Brune : soil rich in iron oxyde

Grape variety

96% Syrah, 4% Viognier

Average age of vines

35 years

Winemaking

Closed stainless steel tanks. Automatic punching down and temperature controlled fermentaion. Average 3 weeks in tanks.

Ageing

36 months in oak barrels - 50% new oak

Average yield

37 Hl/hectare.

Average annual production

280.000 bottles.

Tasting

Eye : Dark ruby red
Nose : Spices, red berries and delicate oak aromas
Palate : Round soft tannins. Aromas of rasberry, blackberry and vanilla
Overall : Balance between scarcely perceptible acidity and tannins which add ageing potential and softened by long ageing in oak

Vintages 2013

eRobertParker.com #222 - Dec 2015

Score : (90-92)

The inky colored 2013 Cote Rotie Brune et Blonde continues to shows plenty of potential, although its firm, angular style is very different from both the 2011 and 2012. White pepper, blackberries, cedar, graphite and crunchy black fruits all flow to a medium-bodied, focused Cote Rotie that has striking purity, ripe, yet firm tannin and plenty of length. It should certainly be an outstanding wine but is a longer term prospect. Jeb Dunnuck.

Consumption

A garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C

Ageing potential

10 years

Food and wine matching

Small game, red meat and cheese.
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