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2005 Chapoutier Cote Rotie la Mordoree Syrah
about this wine:
"With twenty vintages under his belt, Michel Chapoutier and his
impressive winemaking staff go from strength to strength. These are
among the world's greatest wines, especially the single vineyard wines,
many of which will last 50 or more years.The 2006 reds from Chapoutier
display good acidity and freshness. If they lack the powerful tannic
structures of the 2005s, and perhaps some of that vintage's density,
they are certainly not light wines. It is a vintage of finesse and
concentration, but with considerable up-front charm. Again, 1991 is a
useful historic reference. They are the perfect foil for those buying
2005s, which will require deferred gratification. The single-vineyard,
or as Chapoutier calls them, the "Selections Parcellaires" wines, are
all aged in small barrels, often 100% new oak, and bottled with neither
fining nor filtration. Production is relatively small, with the tiniest
cuvee, the Crozes-Hermitage Les Varonnieres usually 200-325 cases, and
the rest of the single-vineyard wines averaging around 480-625 cases.
The largest is usually the St.-Joseph Les Granits or the Ermitage Le
Pavillon, which can be as high as 1,000 or so cases in an abundant
vintage. Again, the 2005s all exhibit the vintage's density, tannic
structure, and long-term aging potential. At the same time, the 2006s
at Chapoutier remind me of 1991, initially an underrated vintage of
wines with ideal balance. If they lack the pure power and structure of
2005, they are well-served by their purity and equilibrium. There are
four single-vineyard cuvees of Ermitage. Production is small, running
from about 275-300 cases of Les Greffieux, 480-500 of Le Meal,
800-1,100 for Le Pavillon, and 200-600 for L'Ermite."-Robert Parker
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