2015 Delas Freres "Seigneurs de Maugiron" Côte-Rôtie

SKU #1353190 95 points Decanter

 Youthful with elegant restraint and bags of potential. Sweet spice and dark fruits contrast with savoury tapenade notes and a piercing salinity. Classic and stylish.  (6/2018)

95 points Jeb Dunnuck

 The 2015 Côte Rôtie Seigneur De Maugiron is a little gem of a wine, and I suspect the finest vintage I’ve tasted for the cuvée. Rounded, full-bodied, voluptuous, and impeccably balanced, it offers lots of spice, cured meats and black fruits, sweet tannin, and a great mid-palate. It has considerable elegance and purity, and is more sexy and approachable than the more structured Côte Rôtie La Landonne. It should keep for 10-12 years easily. If you want to check out the style of this estate, this is a great place to start.  (1/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 Dark polished woody aromas with spiced, peppery dark plum and black cherry fruits, and stony, too. The palate has a smooth wave of ripe, plush plum, blakcberry and mulberry fruits. Tannins are velvety and ripe.  (9/2017)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Cote Rotie Seigneur de Maugiron is a blend of several parcels in the Côte Brune and the Côte Blonde, aged in new and second use barrels. It's less aromatic than many of its brethren at this point, but it does offer attractive red berry aromas bolstered by red and black fruit on the palate with hints of cracked pepper and smoke. It's a serious effort, with dusty tannins that suggest it will age gracefully for a decade or two. (JC)  (12/2017)

93 points Vinous

 Glass-staining violet color. Displays spice-accented aromas of ripe dark fruits, violet and cola, with an emphatic mineral topnote. Palate-coating blackberry and floral pastille flavors show excellent depth along with vivaciousness thanks to zesty acidity and bright minerality. The strikingly long, penetrating finish repeats the sweet dark fruit and floral qualities, harmonious tannins and a hint of allspice. (JR)  (4/2018)

92 points Wine & Spirits

 A selection from plots in the côtes Brune and Blonde, this is impressively fresh and juicy for all its smoky oak and dark-berry concentration. It’s as if the tannins include air in their weave, allowing details of bacon fat and black olives, porcini and baking spice to show through.  (2/2018)

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Cote Rotie