Côte-Rôtie 2020
Domaine Francois Merlin

Côte-Rôtie 2020
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£658.80 for 12 Save 10% (£54.90 each)

François Merlin's 94 PT-rated Côte-Rôtie is a standout. Vines, aged between 20 to 60 years, thrive in thin topsoil on steep slopes, imbuing a unique complexity and character. It bursts with black cherry aromas and finishes with black olive notes. Paired best with steak, it promises elegance until 2045.

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Côte-Rôtie 2020

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • François Merlin, a passionate first-generation winemaker in the Northern Rhône, stands out as one of the most exciting names in the region today
  • By 2005, after nearly two decades, Merlin secured his presence in the prestigious Côte-Rôtie, underscoring the region's intense competition for vineyard real estate
  • Grapes are grown on ancient Roman terraces: the atypical Côte Brune plot
  • 94 PTS - Decanter 

TASTING PROFILE

  • Intense aromas of black cherry, stewed fruits, and a jammy depth
  • Medium-bodied, delivering a well-balanced fruitiness underscored by graceful oak nuances
  • Finish: Captivating tannins, marked by savoury black olive undertones and a long finish

IN THE VINEYARD

  • Located in the heart of Côte-Rôtie, Ampuis is distinguished by its remarkable microclimate. Benefiting from the warmth of southern sunlight combined with the cool, misty influences from Burgundy, it offers ideal conditions for producing expressive and exceptional wines
  • The region's steep hillsides boast narrow, ancient Roman terraces that capture and amplify the sun's rays
  • Vines, aged between 20 to 60 years, thrive in thin topsoil on steep slopes, giving the wine its unique complexity and character

IN THE WINERY

  • Fermentation in concrete tanks, incorporating 20% whole bunches for added depth.
  • Aged in oak, with 20% new 

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Pair with steak draped in a rich bordelaise sauce
  • 2023-2045, evolving gracefully over the next two decades

in the press

94 PTS DECANTER - "Blood and iodine on the nose. Medium-bodied, but with good weight of fruit and very good balance. The oak works well, sitting in the background. The tannins are very present, but all well integrated and saturated in fruit. It has a long finish, between fruity and savoury. 20- to 60-year-old vines growing on an abrupt slope with very thin topsoil. Fermented in concrete tanks with 20% whole bunch; aged in demi-muids, 20% new." - Matt Walls - Decanter