This has an elegantly concentrated nose, gives airs of smoky black berries, has a light floral “powdering”; this bouquet has good shape and potential. The palate bears concentrated depth of berry fruit, with evident tannins leaving a dentelle, toothsome crunch as it finishes. It is all well rolled up together, and has iron from its origins present. The length is good and fine, the aftertaste peppery. [Feb 2015, notes by John Livingston/drinkrhone.com]
John Livingston/drinkrhone.com: “2 parts tasted
1) Mollard (2 year 228-litre cask) Joli, off we go nose that is full of raspberry and free run red fruits, has a top curve. It’s a very good start. The gleaming fruit on the palate is well channeled, runs straight along. There is good late style in its neat, firm gras. Very beau. Its essence comes from within, and fires the imagination. It’s long, too.
2) Côte Rozier (new 228-litre cask) Has a reserved, but clear nose, has the depth to allow mystery, holds extreme clear-cut and concerted raspberry, with tang from the oak. The palate has a stylish debut, with steel around its neat gras, and steady, reassuring length. It ends with a whoosh, travels strongly into iron filings late on. Good structure, STGT wine. [November 2017]
1) Mollard (steel vat, sugars almost completed, 50% whole bunch) Well perfumed, raspberry fruit shows with a clear-cut air, which is frisky and up. This is well-juiced, holds nice, serene, soft gras richness. This has a good foundation, is aromatic and silky.
2) Côte Rozier (steel vat) Has a forward, well-filled bouquet that gives abundant and free raspberry fruit with light powder, spice. The palate holds red fruits with a sparkle of freedom, running with real purpose. It is very Burgundian, has a Pinote angle, delivered with some crunch. [October 2016]