Chapoutier Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée 2015Regular price $239.99
This cuvée's primary source is a very steep, terraced vineyard in the Côte Brune above Ampuis. The soil here is notably more limestone schistous, compared to the the Côte Blonde where more acidic and sandy soils grow wines of less dense color. Together these wines create a seamless whole in one of the most exciting appellations in the Northern Rhône. Pure Syrah, grown at minuscule yields from 70 year old vines, gives this wine power and spiciness, and perhaps less outright mass than any of Ermitage selections. Yet its sensual thrills resonate long after the taste has been consumed, and its gain in time of the more earthy and smoky notes so typical of great Côte Rôtie make it one of the world's unique wine wonders.
Hand harvesting at peak maturity. The grapes ferment in open wooden vats after total destemming. A cap punching and pumping over ensure a good extraction of the color and tannins. Aged in oak casks (225 liters), one third of which is new.
Aromas of raspberry, a hint of violet, a touch of black olive tapenade and rosemary, with predominant spice and rosemary. On the palate, full flavored, elegant, very well structured and balanced.