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Domaine Christophe Billon Côte Rozier Côte-Rôtie 2015 MAGNUM

| red | full bodied & complex |
Domaine Christophe Billon La Brocarde Côte-Rôtie 2009-2849

Specifications

Grapes
98% syrah, 2% viognier
Alcohol %
13.5%
Yield
33 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
2032-2034
Fiche Technique
Video
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Product code
1030101-M
128.50
beperkt beschikbaar
Tasting notes

A extremely well balance Côte-Rôtie: power and elegance are well represented in this wine. The nose shows berry fruit, rose parfum and smoky tones. The taste is dominated by berry and cherry fruit, backed by bacon and tobacco. The concentrated juice holds well next to the oak; develops in the  mouth slightly peppery. Intens, with tannines; has good depth and concentration, is very convincing. The wines needs 5-6 year of bottle aging to gain some complexity. This top vintage has great potential to age 15-18 years. Considering the price, this should be a collector’s item for every wine lover with a cellar. Great in every way! [December 2018]

Wine producer
Until the end of 2007, Christophe Billon combined the production of his own wines with his work for négociant Guigal. He produces three Côte-Rôtie wines, a good Vin de Pays, and since 2012 a Condrieu (planted in 2007). La Brocarde is an impressive wine which displays the characteristics of Côte Brune to advantage; the most salient feature of Les Elotins is its lively fruitiness. As of yet, this small domaine is not on the radar of most wine critics. That is a good thing in terms of price development, but it does not do justice to the fervor and wine maker skills of the somewhat introvert Billon. His wines definitely deserve more attention.
Quote & Reviews

John Livingston/ drinkrhone.com: ‘Thee bouquet is a plunge of dark fruit, without having properly emerged yet. There is an inky note to it, dark berry fruit at its centre. The palate drives along with a determined run of sleek, firm black fruits, carries dark, handsome tannins that really enhance it in the later stages. This is top grade Rôtie, for a long future ahead, and a most winning glass in time. The fruit quality is very high, very refined. This is a triumph. [oktober 2016]

Jeb Dunnuck/Wine Advocate: “Moving to the reds, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Côte Rozier is a serious, masculine, structured effort that’s not going to be for those looking for instant gratification. Gunpowder, crushed rocks, smoked black fruits and background meatiness all give way to a concentrated, tannic red that’s going to require 5-7 years of bottle age. This vintage includes 2% Viognier, was partially destemmed and will see over two years in 50% new barrels. This was a sensational lineup of wines from Côte Rôtie-based Christophe Billon.” [december 2016]

Ratings

John L. Livingston
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Wine Advocate
94-96