Francois Villard Côte-Rôtie Le Gallet Blanc 2016


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Vinous, 94 Points- Opaque, bright-rimmed ruby. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes black raspberry and boysenberry, incense, candied violet and smoky minerals. Intense, palate-staining black and blue fruit and floral pastille flavors are complicated by exotic spice and mineral notes that become stronger with air. Closes on a youthfully tannic note, showing outstanding delineation, impressive persistence and sweet dark berry notes that hang on tenaciously.

100% Syrah from Ampuis and Saint-Cyr, with an “emphasis on the schist areas from the Brune up towards Verenay” (Livingstone-Learmonth, Wines of the N. Rhone.) 88% whole cluster, macerated for 12 days in stainless steel and wood vats. Aged 18 months in 20% new, 80% 2 to 4-year-old oak barrels.