What the Hell is Cote-Rotie

Michel Ogier Cote-Rotie, 2007

I’ve been on a Rhone buying (drinking) spree the past few months.  2007 Rhone vintage was questionably the best ever.  The Ogier Cote-Rotie is no exception.

  I knew very litte about Cote-Rotie until a few weeks ago we had a 1982 Cote Rotie; it tasted similar to  if I decided to chew on my Gucci loafers.  Cote-Rotie is in Northern Rhone, a wine of extremes…slopes, le mistral (wind for you Jersey people), blood/sweat/tears.  The Ogier has a great aroma of dark red fruit and white/black pepper.  It follows through similar on the palate balanced throughout…front, mid and finish.  This wine is 100% Syrah but by law they can have up to 20% Viognier.  This wine will be drinking excellent in 4 years but last for decades.  The bottle we opened at 11am today will be better tomorrow night at 11pm.  With a proper cut of beef this wine would have a flavor explosion in your mouth. 

You are missing out if you have not tried one of these wines.  We “stole” the last 10 cases in Florida at a substantial discount. Regular price $135/bottle, currently $65/bottle by the case (52% discount). Recently reviewed by Parker at 94 points.

About Al Fialkovich

Partner and head wine buyer of Decanted Wines in Naples, Florida. Offers brutally honest wine reviews.

Posted on March 25, 2011, in Wine and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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