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Andy Gavin tasting notes for 1999 Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée

chapoutier mordoreeChapoutier’s La Mordorée cuvée is produced from 75-80-year old Syrah vines planted in both the Côte Blonde and Côte Brune, aged in 100% new oak casks, and bottled with neither fining nor filtration.

The 1999 Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée is the finest he has produced since the 1991 (two bottles drunk over the last six months confirm this fabulous wine’s potential as it is just now beginning to emerge from a cloak of tannin).

The 1999 has closed down since its pre-bottling tasting. The color is an inky purple, and the wine is dense and powerful, with notes of smoky blackberries, creosote, and espresso. Concentrated flavors reveal high levels of tannin (surprising in view of last year’s report), and a rich, long, 45-second finish.

Click here for food photos and more tasting notes from Andy’s Hedonist group dinner.

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