2009 M. Chapoutier "La Mordorée" Côte-Rôtie
*Collectibles* Bass notes of roasted mesquite and ganache support the fig and currant core, with lots of singed bay leaf, charcoal and espresso to fill in on the finish, where a black tea note echoes in the background. Shows serious muscle, but riveting acidity keeps it all harnessed. Needs a little time to settle in, but will be worth the wait for its terrific length and range. Best from 2015 through 2030.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2009 Cote Rotie La Mordoree (471 cases) is potentially the finest La Mordoree made since the monumental 1991 (which is just beginning to hit full maturity at age 20). Spring flower, black olive, smoky barbecued meat, creme de cassis, graphite and black cherry characteristics are all found in this complex, aromatic effort. With an unctuous texture and a full-bodied mouthfeel, this is a gorgeous example of Cote Rotie Syrah that should drink nicely for 20-25+ years. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Opaque purple. Cherry compote, cassis and violet on the highly perfumed nose. Deeply pitched dark fruit flavors show impressive intensity and focus, with notes of allspice and star anise adding complexity. Smoothly combines power with vivacity. A bright mineral note adds cut to the very long, sappy, refreshingly bitter finish. (JR)
Mid crimson. Cool, spicy nose. Very pure luscious super-ripe Syrah with such perfume that you could almost imagine there were some Viognier in here. Very subtle and very Côte Rôtie. Refined and sophisticated. Only medium weight and a suitably dry finish. Sinewy, non flashy, true Côte Rôtie. Very flattering because there is considerable flesh here but it is aérien overall. Flies over that extraordinary terrain… (18/20 points)