Yves Cuilleron, Cote-Rotie Bassenon 750ml 2015France, Rhône
1.5 ha of south-facing terraced vines on Coteau de Semons, in Tupin-Semons commune. “Bassenon” is not the district but the stream at the foot of the hill.
'an elegant bouquet that mixes Syrah’s red berry fruits with Viognier’s floral character (violets). Elegant, fresh and airy on the palate. Subtle yet prominent tannins. Drink for the primary aromas during the first 5 years, or for the secondary aromas up to 10 years and more.' – Winemaker
High-density planting (8,000-10,000 vines per hectare). No insecticides few treatments (depending on weather), small amount of organic-only fertiliser, with respect of soil and vine balance. Vigour and yield control, leaf-thinning and green harvesting to promote grape maturation. Soils: granite and gneiss, typical of the south of this AOC area.
The grapes are picked by hand; and then sorted, crushed and partially destemmed in the cellar. Open, temperature-controlled vatting for about 3 weeks, with regular cap-punching and pumping-over. Malolactic-fermented in barriques with native yeasts. Maturing: 18 months in barriques.
|Drink To||Long-term cellar|
|Variety||Shiraz / Syrah|
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