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Rob's Pick of the Sale - Fine Wines

By Rob Chase, also posted in News on

Rob ChaseSorry, our January sale has now ended, but please contact Rob if you have any Fine Wine queries. Côte-Rôtie has always been one of those aspirational wines, which one promised oneself as a reward for being brave at the dentist, or for winning the office Grand National sweep-stake. After repairing seasonal damage to one's teeth – secreted silver sixpence in the plum pudding - or too much Sauternes taking their toll, or just in anticipation of the next winner at Aintree, I would suggest there has never been a better time to invest in some of Monsieur Rostaing’s most outstanding Syrah. René Rostaing's Côte Rôtie, RhôneCôte-Rôtie, when young and from the barrel, is an unforgettable experience, but once in bottle that black (fruit) magic seems to vanish in a haze, and only now, some six years down the line, has René’s 2007 come into its own. Gone are the youthful, black-fruit and mocha-laden tones, and here are the suave, sophisticated, savoury, bacon and violet aromas – the ultimate elegance that is Syrah. Over the years, our Côte-Rôtie eyes have frequently been bigger than our cellars, hence this great price reduction. Buy the 2007 and enjoy this grand wine with pheasant or partridge casserole, or a wholesome beef stew; this is a dream wine to be enjoyed this winter and the next. 2006 rather failed to make a blip on the ‘vintage of the century’ radar-of-hype, as would normally be expostulated by the good and the great of Bordeaux, who are ever hungry for sales. It followed on, naturally, from the highly lauded and much vaunted preceding vintage – which really was a dream, where anyone who was anyone in the winemaking firmament was able to make flattering, charming wines. Château Leoville Barton2006 was the classic, follow-on vintage; a vintage that required making, rather than a vintage that virtually made itself, and which was therefore over-shadowed, wrongly, by the 05s. In 2006, Léoville Barton like the best Left Bank châteaux, rose to the occasion magnificently – as they have always done. Possibly the least ‘showy’ of the St Julien Second Growths – Anthony Barton's wines, by the very same token, have always been amongst the most consistent and reliable. Decant two hours before drinking this fine, black-fruit dominant, spicy, Cabernet-rich claret. The character and energy of the 06 against the homogeneity of 05 set this wine apart. It will certainly keep a further decade and a small stash, in case of emergencies, is recommended. For more information Adnams' Fine Wines, please email Rob Chase.  

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