Domaine Jean-Michel Stephan - Côte-Rôtie - 2014
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Region: Côtes du Rhône
Appellation: Côte Rôtie
Varieties: 90% Syrah, 10% Viognier
Estate: Former Guigal assistant Jean-Michel Stephan's modest estate consists of eight ares of mostly old vines in various parcels on Côte Rôtie's Côte Blonde, and 3.2 acres in neighboring Condrieu. His holdings include a high percentage of prized Serine, the expressive, small berry ancestor of Syrah.
The majority of the domaine's vines are in two perfectly-situated hillside lieux-dits: the Coteaux de Tupin and the Coteaux de Bassenon. Jean-Michel's home and cellar are in the tiny village of Tupin-Semons at the base of the Coteaux de Tupin. The Bassenon site is on the southern border of the appellation next to Condrieu.
With the sure-footedness of a mountain goat, Jean-Michel tends these steep hillside vineyards entirely from various parcels, but he also isolates the domaine's two distinct terroirs in separate, limited production bottlings.
Tasting Notes: The Serine part of the cuvee was fermented by using macération semi-carbonique, giving great freshness and fruitness.
A hint of reduction quickly gives way here to a wild mix of bramble, steeped blackberry, roasted fig, melted licorice, tar and dark tapenade notes, which all weave together through a singed iron finish that shows serious length.