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Côte-Rôtie & Northern Rhone

We have just landed an exciting selection of Northern Rhône Syrah - encompassing the appellations of Hermitage, Cornas, St Joseph & Côte-Rôtie. They are small parcel ex-cellar stocks, fresh off the boat this week.

Focus on Côte-Rôtie;
The wines of Côte-Rôtie 'the roasted slope' are some of the most elegant and seductive Syrah's made in the world today. At their best, they offer a sublime depth of flavour and complex aromatics, including bacon fat, black and red fruits, kirsch, mineral, pepper, earth, spice and floral scents. There is a fine mineral element and freshness in the finish, coupled with pure red and sometimes darker berries.

The wines are most often medium to full bodied, with sensuous, silky textures that caress the palate with exotic suppleness. Viognier grapes can be added to give a finesse, floral and white fruit element, along with an exotic quality to the wines when blended. The stems from Viognier can also provide a black pepper component to the wine as well.

Due to the small size of the Côte-Rôtie appellation, coupled with the increasingly world-wide high demand for their wines, the prices for most Côte-Rôtie are high, but they are well worth the effort to seek out. When you factor in how little wine is made, and consider the back-breaking labour needed to farm these steep terraced vineyards, and the stylish, high quality, it's amazing that they cost as little as they do! 

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