Would you like to have more of the Côte-Rôtie, this wine which is second to none in the Rhône Valley vineyards? From the grape varieties to the presentation of the cru, find out everything you need to know about this wine!
Among the most famous vintages produced by the Rhône Valley vineyards, we find the Côte-Rôtie. It is a red wine with a controlled designation of origin (AOC), made on the right bank of the Rhône and the surrounding municipalities. The soils used for the production of this wine are characterized by their slope, which earned it its appellation of Côte-Rôtie. In terms of composition, we find Syrah and a good percentage of Viognier. Both are fermented simultaneously, to give the wine that particular combination of floral and meaty aromas.
You will understand, this is a wine that is unique in the region. It has many characteristics that make it an exceptional vintage. Alone or with a good meal, he knows how to reveal himself in his best light. If you want to know more, now is the time to go explore it.
The grape varieties
In the production of Côte-Rôtie wines, the Syrah grape variety is used according to well-defined percentages. A minimum of 80% is allowed, and we can go up to 100%. It is also possible to supplement it with the Viognier grape, between 0 and 20%. To understand this process, it is therefore important to take an interest in each of them.
Known for being a red grape widely used in the production of excellent quality wines, Syrah gives the Côte-Rôtie that very aromatic side that makes it so special. It is thanks to the meticulous work of the winegrowers and their perfect knowledge of the land that this cru ages especially well. As for Viognier, it is also a grape that is part of the local grape variety. Unlike the other, its white color gives the Côte-Rôtie a touch of delicacy and complexity, without taking anything away from its emanation and complexity.
Among all the appellations of crus from Côtes-du-Rhône, Côte-Rôtie is the only wine in this category to be able to combine Syrah and Viognier. Admit there is enough, to give it a good identity. No ?
Geology and soils
The other ingredient in the success of Côte-Rôtie wines, is the soil from which the productions come. Indeed, they have the particularity of being very steep, and their slopes can sometimes go beyond 60 degrees. The vast majority of the vines are located on rocks on which the sun and pressure act. It is therefore these two elements combined, which allow the roots of vines to draw all the elements necessary for their growth from the soil.
Indeed, the vineyard is very close to the Massif Central, on the eastern side for more details. Schematically, the vast majority of AOC Côte-Rôtie vines are planted on metamorphic rocks. They are therefore:
• Micaschists in the Saint-Cyr-sur-le-Rhône, North and Center d'Ampuis regions.
• Leucogneiss in the southern regions of Ampuis, northern and central Tupine
• Dark migmatites in the southern regions of Tupine.
Apart from these main rocks, around the vineyard, we also find:
• Eyed gneisses
• Training courses in Bonnevaux-L’Amballan
• Muscovite granites
• Ancient alluvium from the Rhône
Côte-Rôtie: presentation of a wine
Visually, the dress of the Côte-Rôtie cru is a red that is almost black. The whole has a nice depth, which contrasts quite well with the purple highlights and the beautiful tears. With the nose, it is easy to notice exhilarating notes of red and black fruits. On the second nose, follow other floral notes such as violet and spicy touches of cinnamon, pepper and licorice.
The Côte-Rôtie has not finished unveiling all its surprises, because this wine lets itself be discovered as it goes. You will therefore be entitled to notes of undergrowth, which are accompanied by a certain refinement. Once you have the Côte-Rôtie in your mouth, you will instantly notice that its attack is quite direct. In addition, the luxury of the material goes perfectly with the strength of the tannins.
In short, alcohol and acidity are perfectly balanced, without the slightest flaw. From nose to mouth, the Côte-Rôtie keeps the same delicacy and its aromas. In the end, it is a wine that remains one of a kind. It can be kept for over 15 years in a cellar, and that only makes it better.
Côte-Rôtie: how to pair it?
Like many vintages, the Côte-Rôtie is the best ally when you plan to taste truffle dishes and game-based dishes. To match it in the best possible way, here are some local specialties that make a successful tandem:
• Leg of lamb and griset from Ventoux
• Rooster in red wine
• The truffle stew
• The pigeon with the Ventoux truffle
• Rabbit pâté
Apart from these dishes which highlight all the subtlety of the Côte-Rôtie, you will also find many others to accompany a good bottle. A little imagination and a little curiosity will help you find them. For example, it is perfect to accompany noble game, prepared with seasonings and some mushrooms.
In the end, it should be remembered that the Côte-Rôtie is a wine that is second to none. It has very specific characteristics, fruit of the soil and the environment in which it is produced. Everything is implemented by the winegrowers, so that this vintage is unlike any other. In addition, before a wine bears this designation of Côte-Rôtie, there are many texts that must be respected. For the pleasure of the eyes and the mouth, nothing beats a good Côte-Rôtie wine. Treat yourself, and discover this richness in the bottle.