|Cote Rotie 'VV'
6/99. Bought in London, May-99 for $24.
My first taste of the wines of Bernard Burgaud, a highly regarded owner and winemaker in the Cote Rotie. According to the label the wine was made from low-yield of 100% very old Petite-Syrah [small-berries variaty of Syrah. Has nothing to do with the American Petit Sira!!] grapes. Unfined and unfiltered.
COLOR: Pretty dark blackish-red. Very slight clearing around the rim. Noticeable sediments.
NOSE: Beautiful and enticing pure Syrah nose. Rich and warm, with excellent fruit and spices aroma that is enhanced by a very delicate and barely noticeable animalish 'Rhone Nose'.
TASTE: Simply wonderful. So good and pleasure inducing, it is hard to believe this is a $24 bottle of wine. Mouthfilling with plenty of deep winyness and accentuated sweetish finish. Perhaps not as complex and multi-layered as the 1983 Guigal 'La Mouline' I had recently, but a truly fantastic wine at less than 1/10 the cost!!
LENGTH: Medium length but deliciously sweet aftertaste.
TEXTURE & BALANCE: Medium bodied wine with plenty of character and definite contours. Rich, fruity, pleasantly gentle but with excellent grip and fine structure. Soft tannins ara still there to add backbone to this perfectly balanced creation.
OVERALL: Superb-plus for sure, maybe even extraordinary. A truly lovely Cote Rotie, and what seems to be among the very best value wines I've encountered.
|MARK: 18.5/20.||BUY MORE? Yes.|
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