Now 30 years old and from a 375 ml bottle, this Cote-Rotie ranks as one of the best Syrah wines I have ever tasted.
Crimson turning to amber. The bouquet takes about an hour to open but is worth the wait. Savory scents of red and black fruit, flowers, herbs, cured olives. In the mouth, the wine's greatness is apparent from the first sip. Smooth texture, perfect acidity, flavors that sing all the way along the tongue. All of the lean complexity to be expected from mature Northern Rhone Syrah. A finish that lingers for minutes. I am ready to forego dessert rather than interrupt those lovely flavors.