The Northern Rhone

2015 Cedric Parpette Cote Rotie le Plomb

The Northern half of the Rhone river valley, stretching from just south of Lyon down to St Peray south of Hermitage, is the home of Syrah, Roussanne, Marsanne, and Viognier. The relatively cooler continental climate coupled with the steep stony slopes of its noblest appellations offer a complexity and savoriness that is not found in any other Syrah based growing area in the world. Its white wines also offer unrivaled quality and singular character. Its most celebrated appellations: Cote Rotie, Hermitage, St Joseph, Condrieu, and Cornas.

Price: $55.00

The southern neighbor to les Grandes Places, le Plomb is a friendlier to farm high elevation plateau of sorts, most prestigiously known as a large holding for Jamet and Rostaing. This too is a mica-schist dominant site, with SSE exposure. I haven't yet tasted this '14, but I do have reason believe that Raynolds' reviews are exactly opposite, with this being the more implosive and structured of the two bottlings....it will be fun to compare them to decide for ourselves! This is a far smaller production, so please keep that in mind in making your requests. (I don't know how much I will be able to secure...)

"Vivid purple. Deep-pitched aromas of black and blue fruits, olive, cola and black pepper, and a hint of candied flowers in the background. Broad and deeply concentrated on the palate, offering ripe blackberry, bitter cherry and violet pastille flavors that gain sweetness and become spicier with aeration. The floral note comes slowly on a very long, spice-accented finish, which is framed by youthfully chewy, gripping tannins." 92 points Josh Raynolds for the 2014 vintage, NOT THE '15 OFFERED HERE

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The southern neighbor to les Grandes Places, le Plomb is a friendlier to farm high elevation plateau of sorts, most prestigiously known as a large holding for Jamet and Rostaing. This too is a mica-schist dominant site, with SSE exposure. I haven’t yet tasted this ’14, but I do have reason believe that Raynolds’ reviews are exactly opposite, with this being the more implosive and structured of the two bottlings….it will be fun to compare them to decide for ourselves! This is a far smaller production, so please keep that in mind in making your requests. (I don’t know how much I will be able to secure…)

“Vivid purple. Deep-pitched aromas of black and blue fruits, olive, cola and black pepper, and a hint of candied flowers in the background. Broad and deeply concentrated on the palate, offering ripe blackberry, bitter cherry and violet pastille flavors that gain sweetness and become spicier with aeration. The floral note comes slowly on a very long, spice-accented finish, which is framed by youthfully chewy, gripping tannins.” 92 points Josh Raynolds for the 2014 vintage, NOT THE ’15 OFFERED HERE