2018 Garon Côte Rôtie Lancement

2018 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.

“”Dark, shimmering purple. Displays lively, highly perfumed aromas of fresh black/blue fruits, exotic spices, potpourri and incense, along with mineral and vanilla nuances that gain strength as the wine opens up. Juicy and finely delineated on the palate, displaying intense boysenberry, cherry and black raspberry flavors that are complemented by hints of candied violet, salty olive and licorice. The floral and spice notes carry strongly through an extremely long, penetrating finish that features harmonious tannins and a touch of bitter chocolate. I find the 2017 rendition of this wine to be in a pretty closed-up state but vigorous aeration brings out suave, smoke- and spice-tinged red/blue fruit qualities. I’d keep my corkscrew holstered with this one for a while. (one-third whole clusters and one-third new oak)” 95 Josh Raynolds