2019 Cedric Parpette Cote Rotie Montmain

2019 Cedric Parpette Cote Rotie Montmain

$55.00

Roughly 500 cases are made annually of his Montmains, a wine that is always more accessible than the le Plomb, with Cédric aging this for one year less than the Le Plomb. I was blown away by just how freakin’ good this is. He used 10% whole clusters for the first time, as the grapes and stems were absolutely impeccably clean and ripe. In its cassis/light black fruited aromas and flavors, with quintessential Côte Rôtie hints of olive and spice and buried minerality, this has an idyllic balance of concentration and freshness, with completely ripe tannic structure and gorgeous precision, all at a wonderfully moderate 12.8% alcohol. In every way, aromatically, flavor, and texture, this screams CLASSIC and CLASS, while still offering a certain approachability. I am a big believer that balance begets balance, that a wine born of harmonious character will age well precisely because it is balanced. Trust me (and Cédric) when I tell you that this is truly great vintage, that you will hear about down the road a bit once the “pros” chime in. MARK MY WORDS. This is ready for pickup now, so this will arrive in December, giving you an early peek at the merits of the vintage in general……(notes from the 2016 Montmain…)

“Bright violet. Sexy red and dark berry liqueur, potpourri and olive aromas expand with air, picking up peppery spice and mineral nuances. Concentrated but lively and precise, offering vibrant blackberry compote and floral pastille flavors and suggestions of allspice and licorice. The floral note carries through a very long, sappy finish, which is shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins.” 92 points Josh Raynolds for the 2014, NOT THE ’16 OFFERED HERE

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Always a bit more open knit than the more implosive le Plomb, this year’s Montmains presents concentrated red fruits, olive, light savory herbal qualities, and spice, all delivered with a gorgeous sense of lift (both in fruit tone and acidity) and supporting light tannic grip. It weighs in at a moderate 13% alcohol, and is positively gorgeous to my taste. If I had to take a gander, this would once again get 92-93 points from Josh Raynolds, as it so consistently does (every year since 2014…). I love this stuff…..a little * awarded here. Get what you can justify, and thank me later.

“(used 228-litre cask) bright red; has an easy, giving red fruit aroma, Burgundian style, is very fine. The palate gives a lucid run of red fruits, is approachable, even swift, with fine tannins, oak a little. It has good nerve, and will be a gradual gainer in amplification. The oak needs to enter a bit, which is logical. From 2023. 2038-40 Dec 2019” 3.5 stars, John Livingstone Learmonth

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