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Every month, we showcase and open a special bottle of wine for you to sample, hand-picked by our sommelier team. Each wine has been chosen for its prestige and critical acclaim, available by the glass at cost price offering you the opportunity to broaden your vinous horizons.
Côte-Rôtie, Domaine Gilles Barge, Côte-Brune, Rhône Valley, France, 1999
£35 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £237
Barge is a French slang for “crazy” and there is a bit of craziness in this wine.
Gilles Barge is one of the rare winemaker in Côte-Rôtie to not de-stem his harvest. The result is more structured wine that has an amazing aging potential but generally needs about 5 to 6 years in the bottle.
This particular wine is from the “Côte-Brune” part of the appellation. It is named as such due to its darker soil full of iron and with more clay, giving more density to the wines.
The wines from Côte-Rôtie are made from Syrah with the possibility to blend some Viognier. Gilles Barge normally blends about 5 % of Viognier in his wines which gives them a delicate floral perfume as well as elegance and finesse.
1999 was an exceptional vintage in the Northern Rhône Valley and the wines were particularly ripe and rich.
The wine develops intense flavours of ripe dark cherry, black pepper, black olive and dry herbs.
The palate is medium bodied but lifted by the floral touch brought by the Viognier. It also shows some light earthy notes as well as aromas of mocha and liquorice.
This superb wine is a delighting pairing when matched with our loin of venison