1997 Chapoutier Côte-Rôtie

SKU #160249 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 1997 Cote Rotie is a sweet, flattering wine with a textbook black olive, bacon fat, black raspberry, and cherry-scented nose, medium body, an accessible, soft style, and good density and ripeness. There is some tannin, but because of its lower acidity, it comes across as user-friendly. (RP)  (2/1999)

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Full red-ruby. Very aromatic, superripe nose combines raspberry, leather, minerals, pepper and mace. Lush, smooth and ripe; shows a faintly medicinal black cherry flavor and good freshness for the vintage. Finishes shapely and suave, with smooth tannins. This wine, too, is more harmonious today than my sample from barrel a year ago. (ST)  (1/2000)

Wine Spectator

 Wonderful harmony. Rich and full on the palate, showing smooth tannin structure. Lovely balance, with the clean blackberry, mint, vanilla and black pepper paving the way to a velvety finish.  (9/1999)

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Rhone Blends



- 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