(includes 5% viognier): Inky ruby. Mineral-tinged aromas of blackberry, cherry compote, licorice and violet, plus an exotic apricot nuance. At once weighty and energetic, offering sappy dark fruit flavors and hints of candied violet and spicecake. Smoothly blends power and vivacity, finishing pure, spicy and long, with a bright mineral note.
Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: March/April 2014
Wine Advocate | Rating: 88
More interesting, the 2011 Cote Rotie La Blonde du Seigneur is a supple, pure and elegant effort that gives up plenty of bacon, leather and background gaminess to go with a core of kirsch and darker berry fruit. Enjoy it any time over the coming 8-9 years.
Drink Dates: 2013-2022
Author: Jeb Dunnuck
Wine Spectator | Rating: 93
Well-focused, with damson plum, white pepper, bay leaf and charcoal notes woven together, backed by hints of olive and iron. Shows lovely range, with a long, perfumy echo on the fine-grained finish.