Type: Côte-Rôtie La Mordorée
Grape Variety Used: 100% Syrah
Alcohol Level: 13%
Length/Type of Fermentation: Hand harvesting at peak maturity. The grapes ferment in open wooden vats after total destemming. A cap puching and pumping over ensure a good extraction of the color and tannins.
Length/Type of Aging: In oak casks (225 Liters), of which a third is new.
Unlike Burgundy and Bordeaux, the Rhône does not have an official cru (vineyard) classification system. There are, however, lieux-dits, “named places” or place names that denote vineyard sites and plots within each appellation. Chapoutier owns some of the most famous plots in the Rhône, including 34 hectares within the tiny Hermitage appellation. This collection of highly sought after wines is coined “Selections Parcellaires”. These exceptional wines are created organically and biodinamically and imported to the United States once per year.
This cuvée’s primary source is a very steep, terraced vineyard in the Côte Brune above Ampuis. The soil here is notably more limestone schistous, compared to the Côte Blonde where more acidic and sandy soils grow wines that are less dense in color. Together these wines create a seamless masterpiece of the most exciting appellations in the Northern Rhône. Pure Syrah, grown at minuscule yields from 70-year old vines, gives this wine power and spiciness, and perhaps less outright mass than any of the Ermitage selections. Its sensual thrills resonate long after the taste has been registered, and its earthier, smokier notes, typical of great Côte Rôtie, make it one of the world’s unique wine wonders.