Everything You Should know about Côte Rôtie – Julien’s Wine School


Côte Rôtie is yes, absolutely one of the
most prestigious red-wine appellations in France, and wine area located in the northern
part of the Rhône Valley wine region. Syrah is the king red grape as over the whole
of the Côte Rôtie is the only Rhone red grape that is planted. Côte Rôtie wines can sometimes de made with
the addition of the iconic white grape called Viognier that can represent up to 20% of the
blends. Viognier brings in finesse, acidity and a
distinctive floral character to the spicy and powerful Syrah. Côte Rôtie as an area is characterized by
very step slopes overlooking the Rhone river. The steep hillsides reach heights of around
1150ft or 330m. This unique position next to the Rhone river
helps with the ripening of the grapes through light reflection on the river waters. Fun fact, Côte Rôtie translates into roasted
slope in French, because of this physical phenomenon, but the river also allows to temper
the intense heats of summer for more finesse and minerality. The slopes of Côte Rôtie count with about
10 narrow ridges, the most famous of which have been named and give burst to the finest
wines, illustrious names you often see alongside the Côte Rôtie name on wine labels, such
as Côte Brune, Côte Blonde, La Mouline, La Landonne or La Turque. There are two slightly different acknowledged
wine styles in Côte Rôtie, represented 1 by the Cote Blonde terroirs (understand the
blond slope), with a yellow sandy soil giving more opulent and generous expressions of Syrah,
often mellowed by a little Viognier, while the Cote Brune (understand the brown slope)
has an irony soil that delivers more tannic and sharper wines that require longer cellaring
to reach their full potential. Producer and winery E. Guigal is credited
for having brought the Cote Rotie wine back to the attention of all wine lovers around
the world. Guigal make some of the best Cote Rotie wines,
I will actually be reviewing Cote Rotie wines on this channel very soon so make sure to
stay tuned to learn more. Cote Rotie wines are always made in very small
quantities due to the difficult terrain and limited vineyard surfaces. They are rather rare and very demanded and
therefore rather expensive, starting around $60-$70 and up to around $400 for the best
examples in recent vintages, more for older wines. The good Cote rotie wines must be cellared
at least for 10 years before drinking, and can better with time for at least 20 to years. I hope this video was useful, if it was, give
it a quick thumb up before you do to support my work, and I will see you soon in the wonderful
world of wine. Santé. Au revoir! Cheers…

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