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2015 Côte-Rôtie “Nève”

Barruol / Lynch

2015 Côte-Rôtie “Nève”  Barruol / Lynch - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant
Nève is a vineyard parcel in the Côte Brune. If you don’t know what that means to Rhône fanatics, you have to taste one so you will know what the Côte Brune can do to Syrah grapes, especially when they’ve passed through Louis Barruol’s hands. This 2015 is perfectly structured, lively, and delicious. Tasting Côte Rôtie this good is an event. It could mark you and become the Côte Rôtie to which you end up comparing the others.

Kermit Lynch

Vintage: 2015
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Syrah
Appellation: Côte Rôtie
Country: France
Region: Northern Rhône
Producer: Barruol Lynch - Northern Rhône
Winemaker: Louis Barroul
Vineyard: 30 years
Soil: Schist
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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For the wines that I buy I insist that the winemaker leave them whole, intact. I go into the cellars now and select specific barrels or cuvées, and I request that they be bottled without stripping them with filters or other devices. This means that many of our wines will arrive with a smudge of sediment and will throw a more important deposit as time goes by, It also means the wine will taste better.


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