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2014 Côte-Rôtie

Lionel Faury

2014 Côte-Rôtie Lionel Faury - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
The magic of vintage variation is that there is something for everyone—a phenomenon accentuated by 2014 and 2015, virtually opposite vintages in the Rhône Valley. While we wait for the deep, rich, structured 2015s to be released—and for them to reach maturity, which may take a bit longer—we can already start to dig into the lovely 2014s. The wines are wonderfully expressive with approachable structure, offering immediate pleasure for those who value traits like delicacy and elegance. The cool-vintage Syrah aromatics here (flowers, black olive, black pepper) are unmistakable Côte-Rôtie, while the palate is round and supple with extremely silky tannins. It is about as downright swallowable as a young Côte-Rôtie can get. –Anthony Lynch

$62.00
Vintage: 2014
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: 90% Syrah, 10% Viognier
Appellation: Saint Joseph
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Lionel Faury
Winemaker: Lionel Faury
Vineyard: Planted between 1993 and 2008
Soil: Schist, Clay
Aging: Aged for 18 months in oak demi-muids (600-L) and barrels (220-L), of which 30% are new
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About Northern Rhône

On the wines of the northern Rhône, Kermit wrote in Adventures on the Wine Route, “The best combine a reminder of the sunny Mediterranean with the more self-conscious, intellectual appeal of the great Burgundies farther north, which is not a bad combination.” Like the wines of Provence, Burgundy, and Beaujolais, Kermit was introduced to this region by Richard Olney, an American ex-pat and friend of Alice Waters.

Though technically part of the same region as the southern Rhône and connected by the Rhône River, much differentiates the north from the south. The climate is continental and in general cooler than that Mediterranean climate of the south. The appellations are significantly smaller: Cornas has less than 300 acres planted to vine and Hermitage around 345. The area planted is minute when compared to Gigondas (3,000+ acres) and Châteauneuf-du-Pape (nearly 8,000 acres). Many of the great wines come from steep hillside vines—terraced during Roman times. It was clear to the Romans that great wine could be made here and DNA evidence now shows that Syrah is in fact indigenous to the Rhône.

The terroir is predominantly granite and lastly, blends of the wines are mostly single grape varieties. Only four grape varieties are permitted in AOC blends: Syrah, Viogner, Marsanne, and Roussanne (as compared to the 19 permitted varieties allowed in Châteauneuf). The red wines are nearly all Syrah and Condrieu and Château Grillet must be 100% Viogner. The whites of Hermitage, Saint Joseph, Saint Péray, and Crozes-Hermitages may only be blends of Marsanne and Roussanne.

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