($39-$60; from the September bottling, which was lightly fined; the earlier April bottling was lightly filtered) Medium ruby. Aromatically complex, superripe nose combines blackberry, black raspberry, prune, licorice, gunflint and game, along with a suggestion of hard candy. |Only the '95 approaches this wine in structure and color,| says Jasmin, |but the '99 is more aromatic.| Fat, sappy and sweet; dense but with noteworthy verve, thanks to solid acidity. Tightly wrapped flavors of black fruits, game and leather. Finishes firmly tannic and long. A very strong performance for this estate.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: January/February 2002
Wine Advocate | Rating: 90
The 1999 Cote Rotie offers pretty flavors redolent with scents of black cherries, raspberries, plums, and cherries, with smoke, mineral, and paper white Narcissus notes in the background. It is medium-bodied, pure, supple-textured, and delicious. If it builds in the bottle, it will merit an even higher score. This is undoubtedly the finest Jasmin Cote Rotie produced in over a decade.
Brick in color with slight orange rim. Somewhat subdued nose, aromas of cigar box, leather and thyme. The palate reveals thyme, black pepper, violets, pine, fennel and blackberry. Quite soft in texture, almost velvet like, well balanced (fruit still present, alcohol at 12.5% and subtle tannin) and dusty tannins. Lovely wine.