2016 Maison Rouge Domaine Benjamin et David Duclaux
Single vineyard selection, more weight to the fruits, dark cherry, blackcurrant and violets but again it is that lovely smokiness and fine tannin, elegant and pure. Drinking range: 2022 - 2032 L&S (Jan 2019)
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The 2016 Côte Rôtie Maison-Rouge is the biggest, richest wine in the lineup and reveals a more saturated purple color as well as stunning notes of blackberries, black raspberries, scorched earth, and crushed flowers. Deep, rich, beautifully concentrated, and seamless on the palate, it's impeccably balanced and has a great finish. This estate is going from strength to strength, and this is a fabulous wine from them that matches what they achieved in 2015. Rating: 94 Jeb Dunnuck, www.jebdunnuck.com (Dec 2018)
The 2016 Cote Rotie Maison Rouge is a star in the Duclaux firmament. It showcases the elegant side of the appellation, offering delicate notes of tea and herbs entwined among raspberry fruit. Faint shadings of baking spices add more nuance to this already complex, charming wine. It's medium-bodied and silky in texture, with a lingering finish. Drinking range: 2018 - 2030 Rating: 93 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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