2017 Ferraton Père et Fils "Lieu Dit Montmain" Cote-Rotie (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1430999 94-96 points Jeb Dunnuck

 As to the single Côte Rôtie, it comes from a site in the Côte Brune side of the appellation, just to the north of la Viallière. Notes of spices, crushed flowers, black raspberries, incense, and hints of gamey meats all emerge from the 2017 Côte Rôtie Lieu Dit Montmain, which is all destemmed Syrah brought mostly in neutral barrels. Possessing medium to full body, sweet tannins, and a great texture, it has the classic elegance paired with sexiness that's the hallmark of this magic appellation.  (12/2018)

93-94 points Vinous

 Brilliant purple. A complex, deeply perfumed bouquet evokes ripe, dark berries, licorice, pipe tobacco, incense and olive paste. A smoky mineral accent gains power as the wine opens up. Stains the palate with powerful blackcurrant, bitter cherry and floral pastille flavors that are sharpened and lifted by a jolt of juicy acidity. Shows impressive energy and mineral cut on the youthful, tannic finish, which hangs on with strong tenacity. In the large-scaled school, as the appellation goes, but there's nothing at all ponderous happening here. (aged in oak barrels, 15% of them new, for 14 months) (JR)  (7/2019)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2017 Cote Rotie Lieu-Dit Montmain relies more on elegance than power to impress. Delicate notes of crushed stone, purple raspberries and black tea swirl about on the nose, while the medium to full-bodied palate delivers a velvety feel and a fresh, silky finish. (JC)  (10/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 From purchased grapes, this has a very alluring, dark-chocolate, plum and blackberry nose with a sweetly spicy thread. The palate has a very sleek, quite powerful and focused feel with abundant, ripe dark-berry, spice, chocolate and plum flavors to close. Drink or hold. (NS)  (10/2019)

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
Specific Appellation:

Cote Rotie