The 2016 Côte Rôtie Les Pierrelles comes from the southern part of the appellation, which is more granite soils (compared to the broken schists in the north) and yields a more finesse-driven, elegant wine. The 2016 is supple, polished and elegant, with lots of blackberry fruit intermixed with notions of dried earth, pepper, and hints of dried flowers. This medium-bodied, elegant, compelling Côte Rôtie will drink well for 10-15 years.
(20% new oak) Dark purple. Powerful, mineral- and smoke-accented blueberry, cola and olive aromas pick up licorice and incense accents with air. Appealingly sweet, palate-staining black and blue fruit and violet pastille flavors deepen steadily on the back half while retaining energy and focus. Smoothly balances richness and finesse, while a vibrant mineral quality adds cut to the impressively long, sweet finish. (JR)
The medium-bodied, silky-textured 2016 Cote Rotie Domaine des Pierrelles looks as if it will be a model of finesse and elegance. Raspberries and cranberries mingle easily on the nose and palate, giving it an almost Chambolle-like sense of softness and approachability. (JC)
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