Cote Rotie Rhone
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loved the 2001 Cote Rotie, but it's not for the instant gratification crowd, and even at age 14, it still has a wall of acidity and tannin. Compared to the '91 by Jean-Paul, it's a serious, medium to full-bodied, concentrated and structured Cote Rotie that has lots of cassis, currants, pepper, smoked meats and game. Possessing high acidity, beautiful concentration and ample underlying structure, give bottles another 2-4 years of cellaring and enjoy through 2031. Wine Advocate 95+
This has driving, cutting minerality from the get-go, with mouthwatering tapenade, sage, briar, black currant and tobacco notes still tightly packed together. Distinctly old-school in feel, with great freshness and minerality holding sway through the finish. Approachable, but still has a a bit longer to go.—Non-blind 2001 Côte-Rôtie retrospective (April 2011). Drink now through 2018.–JM Wine Spectator 92
Ruby-red. Exotic aromas of plum, woodsmoke, black olive and five-spice powder. Sweet, fat, full and impressively deep, with flavors of raspberry, mocha, mace and nutmeg. A very suave, classy and impeccably balanced Cote-Rotie with superb building length. The thoroughly ripe finish throws off notes of dried herbs and spices. -- Stephen Tanzer 93