The Northern Rhone

2015 Cedric Parpette Cote Rotie Montmain

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: $45.00

The 40% pitch of Montmain and its pure mother rock soil are quintessential Côte Brune territory, farmed by fellow producers Cusel Roch and Stephane Ogier, among others. On the Côte Rôtie map symbol coded by rock type, this parcel along with its southern neighbor les Grandes Places is one of the most mother rock dominated sites of the entire appellation. This was the parcel that his uncle cleared and replanted himself to create the estate. Approximately 500 cases are produced per year. I've included Josh Raynolds' impression of the 2013, although based on various input (cellartracker too), I have a feeling that maybe Josh confused his review of the two wines. In '14, for example, the Montmain is more "approachable and fruit-driven" than the more tightly coiled le Plomb....

"Bright violet. Sexy red and dark berry liqueur, potpourri and olive aromas expand with air, picking up peppery spice and mineral nuances. Concentrated but lively and precise, offering vibrant blackberry compote and floral pastille flavors and suggestions of allspice and licorice. The floral note carries through a very long, sappy finish, which is shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins." 92 points Josh Raynolds for the 2014, NOT THE '15 OFFERED HERE

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The 40% pitch of Montmain and its pure mother rock soil are quintessential Côte Brune territory, farmed by fellow producers Cusel Roch and Stephane Ogier, among others. On the Côte Rôtie map symbol coded by rock type, this parcel along with its southern neighbor les Grandes Places is one of the most mother rock dominated sites of the entire appellation. This was the parcel that his uncle cleared and replanted himself to create the estate. Approximately 500 cases are produced per year. I’ve included Josh Raynolds’ impression of the 2013, although based on various input (cellartracker too), I have a feeling that maybe Josh confused his review of the two wines. In ’14, for example, the Montmain is more “approachable and fruit-driven” than the more tightly coiled le Plomb….

“Bright violet. Sexy red and dark berry liqueur, potpourri and olive aromas expand with air, picking up peppery spice and mineral nuances. Concentrated but lively and precise, offering vibrant blackberry compote and floral pastille flavors and suggestions of allspice and licorice. The floral note carries through a very long, sappy finish, which is shaped by smooth, harmonious tannins.” 92 points Josh Raynolds for the 2014, NOT THE ’15 OFFERED HERE