2017 Garon Côte Rôtie Lancement

2017 Garon Côte Rôtie Lancement




This Grand cru hails from an outstanding upper slope, terraced terre blonde lieu dit that I have been a huge fan of since encountering Stéphane Ogier’s example (that now costs a ridiculous $250-350+ per bottle)….From both finer sand-like decomposed rock and smaller stones (above the little road pictured) as well as pure rock terraces (below the road), the face of the blonde’s finesse meets mineral power and poise is featured here. This is just insanely good poise and precision, just a jaw dropping class-in-a-glass kind of wine. Get what you can justify, and thank me later…..a little * awarded here. Four barrels made, ie 100 cases for the world, made with 20-25% whole cluster.

“Bright purple. Fresh, mineral-tinged boysenberry, cassis, violet and smoky bacon on the highly perfumed nose, along with a hint of exotic spices. Nervy, sappy and focused on the palate, offering energetic dark fruit, floral pastille and spicecake flavors complemented by licorice, allspice and bitter chocolate nuances. Finishes sweet, nervy and impressively long, with silky tannins building slowly.” 92-95 Josh Raynolds