With dark spices and stones, this is quite savory and has some cocoa powder, orange zest, graphite and less pepper and spices; it sits more in the earthy and stony spectrum. The palate's a very smooth, elegant and contained impression, showing fine, supple and velvet-like texture, sweet fruit, great depth and finally a pristine plum and dark-cherry-stone finish. Very fine now, but this has the pedigree for 15+ years.
Still not in bottle, the 2013 Cote Rotie was more tight and reserved on this occasion than during my tastings last year. Nevertheless, it still offers terrific depth and concentration, as well a plenty of tannic grip. Offering classic notes of violets, blackberries, raspberries, cured meats and pepper, it has a certain austerity and will be one to hide in the cellar for a good 6-7 years. (JD)
Inky ruby. A vibrant spice- and mineral-accented bouquet evokes ripe black raspberry and blueberry, candied flowers, incense and peppery spices. Sweet, palate-staining red and blue fruit compote and violet pastille flavors are complicated by notes of cracked pepper and bitter chocolate, with a spicecake nuance gaining strength in the glass. Velvety, pliant tannins add gentle grip to a strikingly long and incisive finish that strongly repeats the floral and mineral notes. (JR)
From tank. Final assemblage to be bottled end November 2015. Denser than the 2014 samples on the nose. Some sweetness and very round. Perhaps less obviously aromatic than the young 2014s with a hint of oak and quite a bit of tannin on the end. I’d wait quite a while before drinking this. 17.5/20 points (JR)
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