This one is a business card of the estate, of sorts, a perennially way over achieving bottling from a blend of their blonde schist holdings in Triote (the first parcel replanted by Mom and Dad), Lancement, Combard and Mollard. This cuvée has been their main estate bottling since 1995, renamed in 2006. This contains 30% whole cluster, aged in 25% new wood (sorry, Josh), from roughly 30+ year old vines. Whereas the Sybarine is an absolute charmer and will give more pleasure in the shorter term, this cuvée will age longer and perhaps offers more evolutionary potential. In substance and value, this one is a winner winner chicken dinner, as Côte Rôtie can be prohibitively expensive. As an intro to the finesse of the terre blonde soils and the house, this is as good as it gets for the money, period…..This bottling was awarded the Coup de Coeur prize in the RVF (Révue des Vins de France) for the 2015, not too shabby for the house calling card…..
“Pungent cherry, blueberry and candied violet aromas are complemented by hints of black pepper and smoky minerals. Succulent and penetrating on the palate, offering concentrated, appealingly sweet black/blue fruit flavors, a touch of vanilla and a violet pastille quality that builds through the back half. Shows very good energy and spicy lift, finishing with sneaky tannins and bright, floral-driven persistence.” 92-94 Josh Raynolds