The fruit in Lionel’s elegant Côte-Rôtie is higher-toned than in the earthier, spicier Saint Joseph, and the finish, with the wine’s velvet tannins, is slightly longer. This is the result of the Côte’s steeper slopes and schist soils, as well as a splash of Viognier, which is co-planted and co-fermented with the Syrah. Still, like with the Saint Joseph Vieilles Vignes, you’ll get those irresistible notes of black olive, succulent black cherries, and spices.
I tasted barrels from a couple of the lieux-dits that will go into Faury’s 2020 Cote Rotie, both of which impressed for their rich yet silky textures, floral overtones and concentrated fruit. Faury believes that 2020 is a great year in Cote Rotie, and these samples seem to support his theory
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