2017 Billon Cote Rotie Cote Rozier

2017 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.

“very full, mainly black colour; the bouquet carries inner energy, iron snap and appeal, is deep, bears well established black fruits, a note of blueberry, a wisp of rose-violet. The palate sequels effortlessly from the nose, has pedigree, is a leading 2017 Rôtie. The fruit is delightful, refined, and the tannins are smoked, in sync with its oaking. This holds the sève [sap] of old vines, really glistens in its delivery. This is a real beauty, with balance and structure. The oaking on the aftertaste is refined. 13.5°. 100% Syrah. From 2023. 2042-44 Dec 2018” Five Stars JLL

94-96 Jeb Dunnuck