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2015 Côte-Rôtie “Besset”

Barruol / Lynch

2015 Côte-Rôtie “Besset”  Barruol / Lynch - Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant



Today, Cote Rotie is enjoying a comeback. These once-neglected steep slopes overlooking the Rhone are now highly sought after by vignerons who recognize the potential for a delicious and distinctive expression of Syrah. Among them is Louis Barruol, proprietor of Chateau de Saint Cosme in Gigondas, who has developed a small project purchasing fruit from some of the finest terroirs upriver and crafting several micro-cuvees of traditional Cote Rotie. This entails selecting sustainably grown Serine (an old clone of Syrah) from top vineyard sites and vinifying in neutral wood with the grape stems, as was once common practice, before an unlined and unfiltered bottling. The lieu-dit Besset lies at the top of the slope, where cooling breezes offset the richness endowed by the full southern exposure in a warm vintage. From the classic aromas of graphite, black fruit, and roasted spice, to the total finesse of its tannins, this is Cote Rotie at its best. –Anthony Lynch


  • Vintage 2015
  • Bottle Size 750mL
  • Blend Syrah
  • Appellation Côte Rôtie
  • Country France
  • Region Northern Rhône
  • Vineyard 30 years
  • Soil Schist
  • Winemaker Louis Barroul
  • Farming Lutte Raisonnée
  • Oak No new barrels
  • Alcohol 13%

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