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Domaine Christophe Billon La Brocarde Côte-Rôtie 2011

| red | full bodied & complex |
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Specifications

Grapes
95% syrah, 5% viognier
Alcohol %
14.0%
Yield
35 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
2022-2023
Fiche Technique
Other vintages available
2005 (6), 2010, 2012, 2015
Video
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Product code
1030102
56.75
beperkt beschikbaar
Tasting notes

An oily, meat stock aroma with crunched up red berries and dust from warm stones. There is a suggestion of cooked bacon, and some feral-animal airs. The palate is scaled-up, the fruit ripe and almost high. There are soaked red cherries at its core, and a confirmed spot of gras richness just before the finish. It needs to climb down off its constructed pedestal and ease and mingle with the ordinary folk. It has a big, chary, smoked tea ending. A wine of big depth, a real offering here. It ends with some style, has potential; for now cellar rules over vineyard. [November 2012, notes by John Livingston/drinkrhone.com]

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

Christophe Billon: “The Brocarde is always more precocious than the Côte Rozier. The exposure and soil are very similar, but Brocarde is lower – 160 to 220 mtr, against the 220-270 mtr.”

John Livingston: “A wine of big depth, a real offering here. It ends with some style, has potential; for now cellar rules over vineyard.”

Ratings

John L. Livingston
****
Bettane et Desseauve
16,5/20