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.
“Darker fruited and more intense, the full-bodied 2020 Cote Rotie Lancement delivers layers of black olive, blackberry and mocha flavors. Almost creamy in feel across the mid-palate, with a rich, velvety finish, this looks to be the star of the Garon cellar in 2020.” 92-94 Joe Czerwinksi of RobertParker.com
“Fresh dark berries, cherry liqueur, Moroccan spices and candied violet on the nose, along with a bright mineral element that builds in the glass. Concentrated yet energetic on the palate, offering intense black raspberry, bitter cherry and boysenberry flavors that are given structure by a spine of vibrant minerality. Clings with excellent tenacity on the discreetly tannic finish, leaving behind smoky mineral and floral notes.” 94-96 Josh Raynolds for the 2019, NOT THE 2020 OFFERED HERE