Advice from the winegrowers
Tasting a Côte-Rôtie provides moments of pleasure and opportunities for sharing, discussion, silence, relaxation…..
A Côte-Rôtie can only improve if you follow the guidelines below:
A Côte-Rôtie should be enjoyed at room temperature, which is roughly 18°C. If the wine is too warm, do not be afraid to place the bottle in a bucket of water containing a few ice cubes.
Use a proper wine-tasting glass.
A high quality wine deserves a high quality glass. Choose a wine-tasting glass where the rim is narrower than the body (INAO style, Spiegelau, Riedel...).
When should you drink Côte-Rôtie ?
Côte-Rôtie is a quality wine for laying down; it ages very well. As a general rule, Côte-Rôtie should be kept for 5 to 15 years. If opened young, it will be fruity and very tannic. With age, the tannins become more rounded and the bouquet develops. In short, it is really a question of taste .
Carafe or not carafe?
As a general rule, Côte-Rôtie wines are better decanted when they are young. Once a Côte-Rôtie has aged, it is sometimes a good idea to decant it in order to remove the natural deposits that collect at the bottom of the bottle.
How to store Côte-Rôtie ?
Store your bottle of Côte-Rôtie lying down (the cork should always be soaked with wine) and in a cool wine cellar (below 20°C) at an even temperature throughout the year. If you live in an apartment, there are some very good temperature-controlled apartment wine cellars.
A wine stain on your tablecloth?
Dust immediately with Sommières clay , brush off and dab with some soapy water.