Dégustation GEEU chez nous (Mouline, Redigaffi, Rousseau...) (Bernex): Bouteille et bouchon en parfaite condition. Into neck. Couleur violine, impressionnante. Dès le 1er nez, ce fût mon préféré. Des arômes tout en finesse, mais très présents, sur la rose fanée, les épices douces, sur les petits fruits rouges. Et que dire de la bouche, qui offre une balance optimale à chaque lampée, entre douceur voluptueuse et présence virile. Quelle complexité et quelle longueur en fin de bouche, avec des caudalies qui n'en finissent plus. Il ne s'agit peut-être pas du meilleur millésime mais le plaisir que ce vin procure est exceptionnel! À boire encore et encore pendant des années.
Way, way, way to young; wood is showing, but underneath is a sexy, deeply concentrated cote-rotie with tell-tale notes if peber, bacon, dark berries & chocolate. Hard to resist, but you will be awarded if you do. (with Pacalet at CP).
Appearance: Bright and clear, it has medium ruby color, with fading rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with pronounced intensity aromas of floral notes of violet, black fruit such as dark cherries and blackberry, herbal notes of Chinese medicine, maturity notes of tobacco, kernel notes of coffee, animal notes of meaty and leather, oak notes of toast, sweet spice of nutmeg. The wine is developing. Palate: Dry with medium acidity, the wine has medium tannin of smooth and integrated texture, medium in alcohol and medium (+) body, showing medium (+) intensity flavors of black fruit such as dark cherries and blackberry, herbal notes of Chinese medicine, animal notes of meaty, maturity notes of leather, kernel notes of coffee. The wine has a medium (+) finish. Conclusion: Very good quality Cote-Rotie with a highly concentrated nose showing a good range of different aromas, from the fruit, leathery characters to the developed tobacco notes, demonstrating the capability of how well this Northern Rhone commune can be. On the palate it is well balanced, with a robust structure and good intensity, also exhibiting a fairly long finish. Overall a really wonderful wine to enjoy, ready to drink now and can further develop for another 2-3 years and can keep even longer.
Decanted for two hours. Deep garnet with nose of licorice and cassis. Similar in mouth feel to the Cheval Des Andes, sweet, bit of leather and there is longer finish. Slightly more grippy tannin here. The best southern France I ahd is 1989 La Pavillion.
double-decanted, slow-ox one hour, served blind & followed over 3 hours before the reveal. (served w/'99 la Mouline, '99 & '00 La Turque)
dark red to garnet; initially, the most open & impressive bouquet of the group, showing vanilla, floral sachet, black fruits & cassis, some high-toned herbal characteristics became more prominent w/air; med+ weight, very suave on mouthfeel; ripe blackberry, blackcurrant, smokey espresso notes, supple yet solid tannins suggest more time til optimal drinking, although this was the most "ready" of the four.
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