2017 Garon Côte Rôtie Rochins

2017 Garon Côte Rôtie Rochins




Perhaps their most celebrated flagship cuvée, this is the lone terres brunes (darker iron rich granit/schist) entrant, from a single very steep terraced parcel in les Rochins. 20-25% whole cluster, aged in 40% new oak, from 20 year old vines; the first vintage for this cuvée was 2003. This is their Grand cru Brune bottling, self-evidently of great harmonious class and intensity, at once voluptuous, broader than the terres blondes wines, and ever rising on the finish. This is just crazy class in a glass…..a little * awarded here. I am early this year, so I can likely get a few more bottles….get it while the gettin’ is good. 9 barrels made, ie 225 cases for the world.

“Glass-staining ruby. An expressive, highly perfumed bouquet evokes ripe black currant, cherry cola, licorice and olive paste, and a smoky mineral flourish adds vivacity. Fleshy and broad in the mouth, offering sweet black and blue fruit flavors that unfurl slowly on the back half. Rich yet lively as well, showing excellent clarity and gripping tannins on the long, sappy, blue-fruit-dominated finish. This is the richest of Garon’s 2017s, by a pretty fair margin.” 91-94 Josh Raynolds