2019 Côte Rozier Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond

Grapes Syrah
Colour Red
Origin France, Rhône
District Northern Rhône
Village Côte Rôtie
ABV 14.5%
Vineyard Côte Rozier

Nice black-pepper and leather notes alongside the fresh black-plum character. A well-structured and rather elegant Cote-Rotie that is still rather young, the impressive tannins at the generous finish needing a bit of time to mellow. Drinkable now, but best from 2024. Drinking range: 2024 - Rating: 92 James Suckling, www.jamessuckling.com (Apr 2022)

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30% new oak barriques. Very full, dense, powerful style. Tannins are a little drying on the finish, the vanillin is quite marked. Muscular, dense, not the freshest but makes an impression. Showing quite low acid and clunky for now, but I suspect this will improve in time in bottle, and may well be worthy of a higher score when ready. Drinking range: 2023 - 2026 Rating: 92 Matt Walls, Decanter.com (Mar 2021)

Aged for 18 months in 400-litre barrels (30% new). Barrel sample. Tasted blind. Well-judged and vibrant acidity here supports a ripe fruit core. Good pepperiness and earthy smoke with prominent fine tannins, a sweet dark-fruit palate and well-judged oak – vanilla creamy richness from oak. Needs to come together. Drinking range: 2025 - 2035 Rating: 17+ Alistair Cooper MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2020)

Intense aromas of cassis, black raspberry, cola and licorice are complemented by a smoky mineral topnote and a hint of pungent flowers. Chewy and subtly sweet, offering concentrated dark berry preserve, licorice pastille and spicecake flavors that show noteworthy energy and tension. Finishes very long and smoky, with sneaky tannins and building floral and spice notes. Rating: 94-96 Josh Raynolds, www.vinousmedia.com (May 2020)

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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