A Symphony of Spice: Exquisite 6-Year-Old Côte Rôtie

We raided our offsite warehouse a few weeks ago, and have brought some older gems with a bit of bottle age. Stay tuned over the next month for a series of throwback wines (including some really exciting old Burgundies this Friday). Today’s pick should hardly be considered old, but it’s in a lovely place.

Bonnefond’s Côte Rôtie from 2012 has added sophistication and complexity in the six years since its harvest. The fruit has become less juicy and more refined, and the nose has added depth and spice. Six years on, this has plenty of future; but it’s remarkable what a little cellaring can do.

Writing about this wine back in February 2015, Josh Raynolds of Vinous found “spice-accented aromas of cherry compote,” “real vivacity” and “resonating spiciness.” He awarded 91 points, and we’re confident if he tasted it today he’d be even more enthusiastic.

We tasted it yesterday (just to check in) and were highly impressed. In the nose it’s almost Burgundian, showing a perfumed mixture dried roses, cherries, tree bark, violets, and deep purple fruit. The mouth is savory and elegant, full of spices like cloves and anise, the finish is sleek and subtle.

Patience among wine drinkers (and merchants) is rare these days, and this is proof that even a few years of bottle aging can do wonderful things. Less than two cases are available.



Bonnefond Côte Rôtie 2012
bottle price: $65

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