Opened by Otis. Despite being older this was fruitier than the 2003 Bonserine CR opened next to it. Opened but not decanted 3 hours before dinner. Paired with smoked bacon wrapped duck breasts. Ruby color with some bricking. Lighter tannins. Notes of ripe berries, raspberries, plum and leather. 90-91 points.
Pale red color. Stemmy nose with red meat and black pepper notes. This is old school. Medium bodied and fresh acid. There is just barely enough fruit to fill in the classic structure gaps. Not great, but still kicking. Good dinner wine in a very classic style. (88)
This bottle was purchased at Chapoutier's tasting room in Tain in '98. Opened with some pan-seared venison steaks, but the wine was a fairly anonymous Syrah. The acidity and structure would point me to the N Rhone, but I could have easily believed that it was a 10-year old St. Joseph had I not seen the label. Not bad, but nothing special.
Light garnet color with heavy bricking at the rim. Peppers and earth mixed with red pit fruits on the mature and inviting nose. Fully ready, medium flavor concentration on the lean, food friendly side. A nice, if not layered or complex Cote Rotie that is a good dinnertime companion. (85)
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(Chapoutier Côte-Rôtie) Lovely bright red-purple hue. Good fruit on the nose, with an attractive, perfumed edge. A medium, elegant weight, some very soft but not quite fully integrated tannins, and good fruit. Really should be given more time.
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