CÔTE RÔTIE

2017 Maison Rouge Domaine Benjamin et David Duclaux

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Grapes Syrah
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
District Northern Rhône
Village Côte Rôtie

100% Syrah and a single vineyard selection on an incredibly steep slope above the winery. Slightly closed on the nose, but showing a touch of sweet violet and raspberry. slightly denser with a texture mouthfeel, sweet spice and mineral, very pure and elegant, very, very smart indeed. L&S (May 2020)

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Inky, bright-rimmed ruby. Highly expressive cherry, violet pastille, baking spice and smoky mineral aromas show excellent definition and pick up a suggestion of incense with air. Sappy, concentrated black raspberry and bitter cherry flavors show very good energy, while floral and smoked meat nuances build on the back half. Smoothly blends richness and energy and closes with bright, energetic lift, building florality and smooth tannins that lend gentle grip. 20% whole clusters and 40% new oak. Drinking range: 2024 - 2033 Rating: 93 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (Apr 2020)

From lieu-dit Maison Rouge in Tupin et Semons, the 60-year-old vines are grown on gneiss. The 20% whole-bunch fruit spends 20 months in barriques, 40% new. It has a touch of rosemary and ginger to the raspberry and blackberry fruit, and the medium-bodied palate is very fresh, with good concentration and no over-extraction, leading to a long finish. A lovely sense of balance and finesse, with some backbone. Drinking range: 2021 - 2027 Rating: 94 Matt Walls, Decanter.com (Nov 2018)

The medium to full-bodied 2017 Cote Rotie Maison Rouge hints at violets and dried herbs on the nose, then delivers blackberry and mulberry fruit on the palate. It's concentrated and velvety in feel, with notes of black olive and leather joining in on the long, silky finish. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 93-95 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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