2015 Maison Rouge Domaine Benjamin et David Duclaux
A deeper and darker set of fruits in a more brambly and spicy mode than the La Germine. This has smooth, open and plush tannins and an energetic blackberry and plum fruit finish. Drink now. Rating: 94 L&S (Sep 2017)
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An elegant, medium-bodied, unforced wine of real finesse that displays bright raspberries underpinned by cloves, with juicy tannins holding it in a poised equilibrium with a fine, mineral finish. (Matt Walls) Drinking range: 2018 - 2026 Rating: 93 Decanter Magazine (Feb 2018)
A single plot in this famous precipitous terraced vineyard above Tupin. 100% Syrah on gneiss, 60 year old vines. Again the brothers' style of freshness and delicacy is uppermost, with great precision in the aromatics. Pure and plush-velvet, but building in firmness, the tannins are grippier yet, framing the delicately-expressed but powerful floral and smoky bramble-jelly fruit. Drinking range: 2020 - 2035James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Jan 2018)
Super ripe and maybe even a bit jammy, the 2015 Cote Rotie Maison Rouge is rich and velvety in texture. Grilled, caramelized plums carry through from start to finish. Give it a few years in the cellar to develop more delineation and show more classic terroir character. Drinking range: 2021 - 2035 Rating: 92 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2018)
Domaine Benjamin et David Duclaux
Founded by Frédéric Caillet, the great-grandfather of brothers Benjamin and David, in 1928, and then developed by their father Edmond, the domaine consists of 5.8 hectares of vines above Tupin et Semons, in the southern end of the Côte Rôtie appellation, where the bedrock is gneiss and granite. Production is limited to a total of around 2000 cases a year for the whole domaine.
The brothers are aiming to make the elegant style of wine which this rocky vineyard produces - and they certainly succeed. The Chana (Syrah with 7% Viognier) is a cuvée that is simply a 'gourmandise', supple, aromatic, fresh, pure. The Germine (Syrah with 3% Viognier) and the Maison Rouge (100% Syrah) are more structured, and while they can be drunk young, they will give their best with some age. The Domaine has also produced a small volume of Condrieu since 2014.
The wine-making is gentle, there is 20% whole-bunch in the Germine, but otherwise the grapes are de-stemmed. The Chana is aged in demi-muids, the others in smaller barrels - the Maison Rouge getting 40% new wood.
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