Domaine de Bonserine Cote Rotie La Sarrasine 2014  £44.95

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This wine blew me away at a recent trade tasting.  It came at the end of several hours hard tasting as I was about to leave.  Out of the corner of my eye I spot this and think mmm, Ill try this before I leave, just to see. Boy was I glad I did. This lifted my palate up and caressed it and all those other wines were forgotten in an instant.  This was simply delicious.  Its power, its balance, its fragrance. Everything about it was spectacular.From a small holding in the Northern Rhone (9 hectares in Cote Rotie and 1 hectare in Condrieu), Domaine de Bonserine is a beautiful small estate producing wonderful wines.    

Made up of a blend of around 97% Syrah and 3 % Viognier, as is typical for the appellation. Selection is strict at the estate with a yield of around 30hl/ha where the appellation permits up to 44 hl/ha, and all harvesting is done by hand.In the cellar, grapes are individually sorted prior to pressing, to ensure only the best quality fruit makes the final grade while malo-lactic fermentation takes place in barrel.  100% of the wine spends 24 months in barrel, 80% of which goes into new French Oak.

The resulting wine is full bodied with meaty, black fruit notes, olive, and crushed rock, with hints of flower coming through from the sprinkling of Viognier added to the blend.  The silkiness on the palate with such fine tannins is beguiling considering it is such a powerful wine, while the finish lasts what seems like the rest of the day.A truly wonderful wine and for the price, very good value considering what can be paid for Cote Rotie.Try with rare beef followed by a good cheeseboard including an aged comte. 

Jeb Dunnuck for 91/100 

"Moving to the 2014s, these were all outstanding wines that have impressive density and depth. I love the purity of the 2014 Côte Rôtie La Sarrasine. It has impressive amounts of ripe black fruits, underbrush, olive and peppery herbs that give way to a medium-bodied, rounded, sexy Côte Rôtie that has solid mid-palate depth and a good finish. It lacks the complexity of the other two releases, but is certainly a beautiful, pleasure-bent effort that will evolve for 8-10 years or more.​." 

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