SENSATION DU NORD
2019 Syrah Domaine Patrick & Christophe Bonnefond
We were all very impressed when we tasted this a little earlier in the year, thinking it a very well structured wine for the money. A little digging around and you see why, 50% of the wine comes from young Cote Rotie vineyards that don't yet make the cut. The nose is impressive, lots of black fruits with crushed violets, lovely flow and fine tannins, good to go now but will evolve nicely if left for a year or two to grow into itself. L&S (Mar 2021)
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Blueberry, dark chocolate and a hint of black pepper on the nose and in the mouth. Juicy and energetic in style, showing good depth and a touch of olive on the long, subtly tannic finish. Drinking range: 2021 - Rating: 89-91 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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