With over 60 different wine estates, the Côte-Rôtie appellation has great diversity.
Each blend is different and its aromas depend on the nature of the ‘terroir’.
You don’t have to be an expert to appreciate a great wine.
Let your senses guide you.
They may in fact lead you to have the same impression as an oenologist who described a Côte-Rôtie wine as follows:
Deep ruby colour, with the presence of “tears”.
Tip: the older a Côte-Rôtie is, the more brick-red it is likely to be.
Complex, elegant nose,
Bouquet may be of red berries (raspberry, cherry, strawberry) or black berries (blackcurrant, bilberry, blackberry)
with floral notes ( violet )
and spicy notes ( pepper , cinnamon , liquorice) ;
but also noble, oaky notes (vanilla, toasted bread ...)
sometimes notes of undergrowth, mushroom or leather and smoked bacon,
or even empyreumatic notes and torrefaction ( smoke , tobacco, coffee, cocoa)
A wide range of flavours repeating the aromas listed above (fruit, spices...)
A good balance between acidity, tannins and alcohol.
A rich wine that is long on the palate
Tip: a Côte-Rôtie wine will usually be tannic and fruity in its youth then a few years in a wine cellar will allow its tannins to become refined and delicate.
A wine for laying down
A high-quality, well-structured wine.