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Domaine Christophe Billon Les Élotins Côte-Rôtie 2011 (37.5 cl)

| red | juicy & concentrated |

Specifications

Grapes
97% syrah, 3% viognier
Alcohol %
13.5%
Yield
40 hl/ha
Aging
barrel aged
Viticulture
lutte raisonnée (sustainable)
Drinkable till
2019-2020
Fiche Technique
Other vintages available
2012, 2015
Video
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Product code
1030103-H
23.50
€ 21.75 as per 6 bottles
Tasting notes

An elegant Côte-Rôtie, dominated by small red fruit. The nose shows floral tones (violin), raspberry and currant, pepper. The start is lively, offering slender and juicy fruit (black berries), light smoky tones (tea, tobacco) and licorice. It develops in mild spices tones (pepper, mint) and shows vital acids, as well as digestible tannins. The finish of this medium-bodied wine is relatively light-footed. Les Elotins allows for drinking at relatively young age when the fruit manifests itself best. [August 2014]

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: “Nothing flash here – also good, an honest Côte-Rôtie without frills.”