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Maison Les Alexandrins Côte-Rôtie Rouge - 2017

AOC Côte Rôtie

     

Avis

Concentrated and elegant, this is made from the Les Roziers vineyard in Côte-Rôtie, where schist soils give a flinty, rosehip edge to the wine. Fine-grained tannins accompany powerful and intense notes of liquorice and cassis, with some white pepper spice. This is silky, tender and finely worked - a brilliant example of what Côte-Rôtie can do, proving itself to be one of the most exciting appellations in France. It will be bottled towards the end of 2018 and I can’t wait to try it again in a few years.

A solid négociant effort, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Maison Les Alexandrins offers mocha and black olive aromas and flavors, a ripe, supple—almost lush—texture and a long, vibrant finish. It should drink well for at least 6-7 years.

“The 2017 Côte Rôtie (98% Syrah and 2% Viognier) is a beautiful wine from this estate. Blackberries, toasted spices, spring flowers, and hints of minerality all flow to a ripe, sexy wine that has plenty of fruit, sweet tannins, and a great finish. It’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate yet evolve for 10-15 years.

This sports a slightly brawny edge, with steeped black currant and dark plum compote notes, infused liberally with bay leaf, savory and tobacco details and picking up pepper, singed alder and warm cast iron accents on the finish. Shows lots of range and character. Best from 2022 through 2038.

A attractively spicy and complex young wine that offers super fragrant dark cherries on the nose. Chocolate and dark-plum flavors build on the palate. Holds round, fresh and upbeat, on a fine-tannin finish. Drink or hold.