October 2017—Our 45th Anniversary!
I had a couple of my favorite Daniels over, Ravier of Tempier and Brunier of Vieux Télé and Les Pallières, so I opened a bottle of this Côte Rôtie to accompany a plate of Sicilian salami and Les Pallières goat cheese. I wrote down what Ravier had to say about this latest Barruol/Lynch northern Rhône collaboration:
What a nose! This is a return to the true, magical Côte Rôtie perfume of yesteryear. It reminds me of black currant with sweet spices and a very elegant touch of oak. On the palate it has a lot of freshness, which is a sign of aging potential. Also flavors more toward red fruits like raspberry and strawberry, plus a touch of elderberry. Beautiful aftertaste, lush and long.
Louis Barruol is an indefatigable force in the Rhône, the 14th generation in his family to be making wine in Gigondas. On what was once the site of a Roman villa, Louis’ cellars show spectacular remains of Roman vinification vats carved into the limestone. Here, Louis works with different grape varietals from the Rhône, vinifying each parcel separately. He’s taken to acting as a micro-négociant, working with top growers in the region who still work with Sérine. Producing only a few precious barrels of each cuvée, Louis is helping to save the authenticity and identity of old Côte Rôtie parcels. Together, he and Kermit blend our Northern Rhône wines and a Southern Côtes du Rhône Blanc and Rouge from a selection of Louis’ purchases.
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch