Côte-Rôtie ‘La Mordorée’ M. Chapoutier, Northern Rhone, France, 2014
3ha, 100% Syrah
Dark garnet. Rather a strange nose – without the haunting fragrance of the finest. Very savoury and meaty and a tad brutal. Michel C applauds its black olive, rosemary and bacon signature. Very drying finish.
This is a very steep, terraced vineyard located on the border of the “Côte Blonde”. The soil is composed of chlorite and ferruginous mica-schists in loess depressions and earth veins. This is made from 100% Syrah (no blend with viognier). The 70 years old vines produce tiny yields. This is an ample, elegant, very well-structured wine. The aromas develop into earthy and smoky notes typical of a great Côte-Rôtie.