2016 La Germine Domaine Benjamin et David Duclaux
Bright and lifted fruits, silky plum, redcurrant, blackcurrant with a mineral edge , spice with a touch of smoke too, a bigger style but again real elegance and precision, these are really quite brilliant wines and still very under the radar Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 L&S (Jan 2019)
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Leading off the 2016s and incorporating 3% Viognier, the 2016 Côte Rôtie La Germine from the Duclaux brothers offers a classic perfume of black raspberries, Asian spices, green olives, and spring flowers. It's perfumed, medium-bodied, elegant, and silky on the palate, with a charming, incredibly elegant style. Drink it any time over the coming decade or so. Drinking range: 2019 - 2029Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Dec 2018)
Just behind the Maison Rouge is the 2016 Cote Rotie La Germine. It boasts charming aromas of violets and cherries, a plump, medium to full-bodied palate with a slightly open-knit texture and a long, velvety finish laden with tart berries. Drinking range: 2018 - 2028 Rating: 91 Joe Czerwinski, www.robertparker.com (Oct 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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