Côte-Rôtie ‘La Mordorée’ M. Chapoutier, Northern Rhone, France, 2014
3 ha vineyard. Hand-picked 100% organic Syrah produced using biodynamic principles. Crop is entirely destemmed. Only free-run juice is vinified in concrete tank. Aged in 225l oak barrels for 14-18 months.
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.
Drink with small game such as pheasant or duck, tender red meat dishes in a red wine sauce, or soft cheeses.
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