Interwoven with 90% Syrah and 10% Viognier, this wine springs from steep slopes of four different parcels covering a total area of two hectares. While 10% of the vines are rooted in the mica schist of the Côte Brune in Verenay, the Côte Blonde hosts the majority of the plantings along with its soils of gneiss, sand and limestone. With a limited production of 22 hl/hectare, viticulture has been sustainable and organic since 1991. In the cellar, a 24-hour cool pre-fermentation is followed by macération carbonique, which includes not only stems and stalks. The wine matures in 50% used wood and 50% stainless steel barrels, unfined and unfiltered with minimal sulphur added.
The wine shines with a crimson sheen, almost black at the core and plays with violet reflections.
The Côte Rotie 2016 delights the senses with full, expressive fruit, animated by an intense freshness. Memories of blueberries, elderberries, wild raspberries, sloes and blackcurrant juice emerge. A wildness that continues to unfold with notes of mint, eucalyptus and nettle persists, as youthful as it is dense. Feminine moments in the form of violets and elderflower blend in harmoniously.
The impressive freshness of the Côte Rotie 2016 continues on the palate, evoking the feeling of tasting barrel samples directly with the winemaker in the cellar - a purity and purism rarely found in bottled wines. Even when tannins and acidity have reached their full maturity, there is a youthful touch to the wine that demands enjoyment with mindfulness. An additional storage time of at least one to two years makes this wine shine even more. For those who cannot resist, Côte Rotie is an invigorating counterpoint to game dishes.
Alternative food recommendations
Enjoy this wine with warm smoked beetroot salad with caramelised pecans, with pigeon on a liver pate with damson compote and polenta with thyme, or with medallions of venison on dried plums and a balsamic jus.
Jean-Michel Stephan, 1 ancienne route de Semons, 69420 Tupin-et-Semons / France