Red

2012 Jean-Michel Stephan Côte-Rôtie

Syrah

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Côte-Rôtie

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Community Tasting Note

  • eagreni wrote: 90 points

    October 22, 2021 - A lot of dirty barnyard when opening. Probably brett? Or is it related to the low sulphur production? Fortunately, an hour in the carafe helps a lot. And from here it just gets better and better. The wine has an incredibly complex aroma. Cool fruit, mainly on the dark side, with crackling and juniper, but there is also some red fruit here in the direction of cranberries. Lots of classic syrah markers like hung meat, leather and stall, black olives, pine needles and camphor. Also a fairly distinct scent of granite. In addition, a floral touch in the direction of lilies that comes and goes.

    Medium plus concentration, cool fresh fruit, juicy, a drying tannin bite despite its 9 years, high acidity, very long and pleasant finish. It just lasts and lasts.

    A fresh and seductive wine, at the same time as there is a wonderful rawness here. The freshness lies in the light and juicy mouthfeel, while the aromas and finish represent the rawness.

    Both fruit, tannins and acidity indicate that there should be no hurry here. But what about the overwhelming barnyard that never really let go? Will this fault be reinforced or fade away with more storage? I'm not sure.

    There is a lot of quality here. And singularity. Lots of drinking pleasure. But the barnyard notes prevent the wine from reaching its full potential. I say 90 points, but this both could and should have been more.

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