2018 Billon Cote Rotie Cote Rozier

2018 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 robe; the bouquet is well charged, dark, shows oaking, and a clear thrust of black cherry fruit, with much mineral snap. The attack is thickly juiced, and carries weight, a thorough soaking of black fruit, with munchy tannins on board. It builds as it goes, ends vigorously. The length is prolonged, good. There is a real schist imprint in this STGT wine. From spring 2023. 2044-46 Nov 2019” 4.5 Stars JLL