Appellation: AOC Cote-Rotie (Northern Rhone region)
Grape: Syrah (100%)
Farming: Organic (Not certified)
About the wine: La Sybarine is a blend of 25 years old Syrah from plots on decomposed granite from the “Cote Rotie Blond area” (Lieu dit Goutay and Mollard), 9 000 vines per hectares. Handpicked, temperature controlled, 80% destemmed. Daily punching down and pumping over during alcoholic fermentation. 15 days maceration. Aged 14 months in old French oak barrels.
Taste like: Aromas of blackberry and strawberry with violet, citrus notes as well as grilled bacon. Palate; high tone vibrant fruit, rich and round with lush red fruits, blood orange and floral notes, lifted by good acidity. The finish is long with deep red fruit ending with a dark earthy minerality.
When to drink: Drink now or in the next 10 to 15 years.
Service: 14-15 degrees. Cabernet glass. Decant for 30 min to 1 hour.
Food match: Slow cooked meat dish, grilled meat with roast vegetable, meat stew.
What the critics say: "The 2018 Cote Rotie La Sybarine is a larger production cuvée and is brought up all in neutral barrels. This saturated purple-hued 2018 offers up textbook notes of sweet red and black fruits, ground pepper, spring flowers, and hints of meatines. Medium-bodied, silky and seamless on the palate, it's a beautiful, elegant wine that's going to drink nicely right out of the gate and keep for over a decade. It should also be a great value."
Jeb Dunnuck, 91-93 points