m. chapoutier, cote rotie, neve 2017
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
From a rocky, mica-schist lieu-dit that's only recently been showing up on single-vineyard wines, Chapoutier's 2017 Cote Rotie Neve is a bold, full-bodied and powerful example of the appellation. Blueberry and boysenberry fruit is couched in rich, velvety tannins, followed by a long, lingering finish. Impressive.
From a vineyard just near Viallière and Grandes Places, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Neve is brought up all in barrels, 25% or less being new, which is the same élevage as the Mordorée. Nevertheless, it shows a very different personality compared to the Mordorée, with more minerality, austerity, tannins, and structure. Blackberries, currants, scorched earth, and graphite notes as well as incredible minerality all give way to a backward, concentrated, structured, beast of a Côte Rôtie. There are just 181 cases made, but it’s stunning stuff worth seeking out.