2016 Billon Cote Rotie Cote Rozier

2016 Billon Cote Rotie Cote Rozier




One of the two single parcel crus in the range, this one has me quite excited, as the Côte Rozier is one of those “holy shit that is steep” parcels that just screams “I will make crazy good wine”. It is basically pure schist bedrock that is mostly terraced, so a powerful and stony site by definition. The vines here contain the parcel planted by his Grandfather just after the second World War. This is reference point worthy and then some, two of the three vintages awarded with Learmonths “Soil-to-Glass-Transfer” title, meaning that it expresses the quintessential terroir exceptionally well, as well as a Five Star rating for the 2017. It is quite a luxury to be able to offer a 3 year vertical of a wine as substantial as this, with mags to boot!!! Hit it up, and thank me later……30% whole cluster, 50% new oak.

“dark, shiny robe. The bouquet is closely packed with black fruits, carbon, black fruit lozenge airs, has a grunt factor of depth, isn’t all sweetness and light. The palate is broad and then insistent, has the controlled density of a northern sector wine, with ripe, firm tannins lining the second half of the palate, and taking over on the finish. It’s long and promising, has good heart. It represents the schist of Côte Rozier, and its tang, faithfully, is an STGT wine. From 2021. 2033-36 Nov 2017” 4.5 Stars JLL

“Brilliant purple. Ripe black and blue fruit aromas are accompanied by suggestions of exotic spices, cola and violet, and a hint of pipe tobacco emerges as the wine opens up. Broad and fleshy on the palate, offering sweet blueberry, cassis, fruitcake and licorice flavors that become livelier on the back half. Dusty tannins build steadily on a very long, penetrating finish that leaves a suggestion of candied flowers behind. 30% whole clusters and 50% new oak.” 93 Josh Raynolds

“Not yet bottled, the 2016 Côte Rôtie La Côte Rozier (97% Syrah and 3% Viognier) sports a saturated purple color as well as rocking notes of crème de cassis, graphite, crushed rocks, and liquid violets. It’s rich, full-bodied, powerful, and concentrated, with building tannins and beautiful purity. It’s a powerhouse that needs 2-4 years of bottle age and will keep for 2+ decades.” 94-96 Jeb Dunnuck