1996 Chapoutier Cote Rotie la Mordoree
Syrah - 750ML

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  • WS 91

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WA 91
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, February 1999
I was less impressed with the 1996 Cote Rotie La Mordoree from bottle than I was from cask. Michel Chapoutier still believes it is one of the finest examples he has produced but agrees that the high acidity has left... I was less impressed with the 1996 Cote Rotie La Mordoree from bottle than I was from cask. Michel Chapoutier still believes it is one of the finest examples he has produced but agrees that the high acidity has left everything in the wine compressed. It is certainly an outstanding offering but it will require 5-7 years of patience. Made from microscopic yields of 15 hectoliters per hectare it exhibits a saturated purple color and a reticent but promising nose of toasty new oak cassis black olives and smoked game. In the mouth the wine is medium to full-bodied and dense but the high acidity and compressed tightly-knit style make it difficult to penetrate. The finish is long but the wine is backward and unyielding. Anticipated maturity: 2006-2025.
WS 91
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 1998
Quite oaky but very suave and smooth despite the massive tannins which are ripe. Lots of blackberry mocha and toasted bread character. Full-bodied and well made. Best from 2003 through 2010. –PM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Cote Rotie
Vintage 1996

Label

Chapoutier La Mordoree is made from Syrah vines of more than 60 years in age, from vineyard plots located on the border of the “Cote Blonde”. The grapes are hand-harvested at maturity, entirely de-stemmed and vinified in concrete tank. The wine is aged in oak casks, some new, for 14 to 18 months.

The wine has a deep red color. It has aromas of raspberry, a hint of violet, predominant of spices, a touch of black olive and “tapenade”, and rosemary. It has an ample and elegant taste, very well-structured and balanced. Depending on the vintage, the wine can be kept from 30 to 60 years or from 50 to 75 years.

Winery

Chapoutier

Chapoutier is one of the oldest wine producers in the Rhone Valley with a history dating back to 1808. A distant ancestor, Polydor Chapoutier, was the first to buy vines here, shifting from being a simple grape grower to making and trading his own wine. For the last two hundred years, the estate has been producing some of the greatest wines in the Rhone Valley. Today, the range also includes wines from some Roussillon appellations as well as projects in Portugal and Australia.

Under Michel Chapoutier’s leadership, quality improved and Chapoutier gained international recognition. The massive negociant and winery produces single-vineyard expressions and classic wines from a range of appellations in the north and south of the valley.

They have adopted biodynamic farming techniques and have included Braille markings on their labels since 1996. This was done from a desire to reach out to and include lovers of good wines with sight-impairments, and as a tribute to Maurice Monier of La Sizeranne, a member of the family that previously owned the vines of the same name and who invented the first abbreviated version of Braille.