2017 Colline de Couzou Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond
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A three week fermentation in stainless steel, with 20% whole bunches, before élevage for eighteen months in 400 litre barrels (10% new wood). Rich and vibrant black fruits on the nose, olive and mineral, fine and supple in the mouth with a touch of pepper and lots of black cherry and violets, very long and full, lots to like. Drinking range: 2019 - 2028 L&S (Jan 2019)
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Opaque ruby. Mineral-tinged aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, licorice and succulent flowers, along with hints of cracked pepper and cola. Sappy and energetic in style, offering juicy mulberry, cherry and floral pastille flavors underscored by a building mineral element. Supple tannins build on the finish, which clings with strong tenacity and resonating spiciness. Drinking range: 2023 - 2031 Rating: 92 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Apr 2020)
Such deep, plum-essence and licorice aromas here with cassis and blackcurrant pastille on offer. The palate has a very succulent and gently grainy tannin core, as well as plums and ripe blackberries to close. Drink or hold. Rating: 93 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Oct 2019)
Lively blackberry, cherry liqueur and olive paste scents are lifted by a suave floral element. Sweet, seamless and focused on the palate, where a smoky mineral quality sharpens primary black/blue fruit liqueur flavors. The juicy, well-delineated finish features subtle tannins, bright mineral cut and very good persistence. Rating: 91-93 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Jul 2019)
Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond
Christophe and Patrick took over this family domaine in 1990. It extends to ten hectares, with small amounts of IGP 'Collines Rhodaniennes' Viognier (0.5 hectare) and Syrah (1 hectare) as well as the Condrieu and the three cuvées of Côte-Rôtie.
The Condrieu (1 hectare) comes from the granite soils of the Côte Chatillon. It is fermented in 440l barrels (with 30% new wood) at 18C and aged on the lees for ten months.
The 'Colline de Couzou' Côte-Rôtie comes from several plots in the north and south of the appellation, on schist and granite, about six hectares in total. All the reds are fermented in stainless steel with around 20% whole bunches. The Couzou is then aged in 400l barrels for eighteen months, with 20% new wood. Production hovers just above 2000 cases a year.
The Côte Rozier (0.5 hectare) is in the north of the appellation, on schist and mica-schist. The vinification is the same, but the percentage of new wood for this and the Rochains goes up to 30% and the élevage in barrel is extended to 20 months. Only about 160 cases a year. The Rochains (1 hectare), a slightly bigger cuvée at 300 cases a year, is also in the north of the appellation, the other side of La Landonne, on a soil of schist with lots of iron oxide. These are the oldest vines of the domaine.
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