What a nose. Gorgeous leather, flowers, beef blood, smoked meats, gamey, floral like crazy, so so aromatic. Superb aromas. 9.5 on the nose. So clean, layered and pure. Just a stunning nose. Truly a thing of beauty. Palate is silky, deep, substantial and gamey. Velvety tannins and terrific freshness. Long finish and super pure fruit on the palate. Significant tannins. So so elegant. What a wine. Terrific inner mouth aromas and so pretty. Inner mouth florals mixed with meats. Commentated and exquisite fruit. Totally whack wine. Best 14 CR I’ve had. — 2 days ago
Unless I win the lottery, one of only ways to try fancy wines like this is to choose lesser vintages. Apparently the 2014 wasn’t one of their best years but that didn’t stop this from being a tasty glass at all. Powerful nose of red meat thrown on a wood-burning grill and equally strong portions of black plum and tea on the tongue. Tannins linger for an encore. — 6 days ago
Tasted blind. Amber tawny, not too thin. Northern Rhone nose, very exotic. More specifically you can guess Cote-Rotie on this wine just from the nose. Notes of black fruit, graphite, gravel and what my wife would say is dirty socks. Guessed 89 La Turque, which (looking back) is a complement to how well the 61 performed today. — 5 days ago
Significant new oak on the nose. Vanilla. Spice. Floral. Smoke. But this has not budged since release. Palate is concentrated and deep with tiny berry fruit. Raspberry, black raspberry and blackberry. Terrific purity, grip and freshness and lovely creaminess. Billon has really toned down the wood signature since 2013 on this cuvee. The raw material is there. I’d wait 5 more years. I bet it’s a 9.4 - 9.5 then.
UPDATE - huge improvement overnight, integrated oak, better more vivid aromas and amazing pure concentrated fruit. 9.2 to 9.4 — 12 days ago
A superb vintage for Rostaing and the Northern Rhône. Intensely perfumed and seductive on the nose. Further reveals smoke, black raspberries and currants and hints of charred meats and spices. Finishes with excellent length and depth. A tremendous showing after a 2 hour decant. Only wish I had more bottles to hold! — 8 days ago
Tasted blind. So what follows, a 91 La Turque served blind of course. Dark tawny and opaque. Notes of black cherries, coffee, iron, mocha, blood sausage. Very masculine and powerful in the mouth. Huge wine. Guessed 1999 Rostaing Cote Blonde Cote-Rotie. — 5 days ago
Ruby with a little brick on the edges. Nose is great! Floral, black fruit, smoke, and game. The initial floral stands out. I could just sit here and smell this all night. Medium body, but still big flavors. Bacon fat, cherry, and pepper. It all comes together nicely. I’m glad I got talked into this. — 22 days ago