Domaine Jean Michel Stéphan

Coteau de Bassenon Côte-Rôtie Syrah

9.461 ratings
9.430 pro ratings
Côte-Rôtie, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Mason Balistreri

Sommelier, International Wine Guild; Balistreri Vineyard; Sales, Joy Wine and Spirits

9.6

Cool label, but can you explain what the hell "sérine" is? Apparently it's some tight clustered Syrah clone that's both "highly precise" and "vulnerable to disease". Sounds risky... Especially considering this comes from the frighteningly steep terraces of Cote Rotie. Not only that, but the wines were made without new oak or sulfur. He also picks early and uses some amount of carbonic maceration. Jean Michel Stephan uses to work for Guigal, but I guess he must of learned "what not to do" instead of mimicking the style.

The intensity is beyond belief! Cote Rotie is already aromatic, but this is amplified by the carbonic quality. Further, there's a large amount of Viognier here too, which lends a bright tropical punch in the midst of classic Syrah notes (tapenade? meatiness?). There's some similarity to the Matthieu Barret Cornas I just drank, but this has far more clarity in the aromatics - a quality both important and underrated. So striking here are the aromatics, it's hard to even move on to actually tasting the wine - but once you do, it surprises again.

This wine's balance is very strange... No oak, but the high acidity is tapered by carbonic maceration. It's soft, but lean at the same time. There's a slight oily texture which might be from the Viognier, but it's counter balanced by an amazing display of fresh fruit. Raspberry, pear, black cherry, and even pineapple. From the nose to the mid palate it's an exhilarating wine., but the finish is noticeably abrupt. The tannins are tart and bitter like the skin of an under ripe plum. Aesthetically it works. From the nose all the way into the mid palate, this wine is so "over-the-top" that a sudden, unexpected bitterness comes across as a moment of clarity instead of disappointment.

I highly recommend the wine. I hope to taste other vintages and bottlings.

#syrah #naturalwine #coterotie #northernrhone #jeanmichelstephan #syrah #biodynamic #rhone #northernrhone #rhonevalley

Cool label, but can you explain what the hell "sérine" is? Apparently it's some tight clustered Syrah clone that's both "highly precise" and "vulnerable to disease". Sounds risky... Especially considering this comes from the frighteningly steep terraces of Cote Rotie. Not only that, but the wines were made without new oak or sulfur. He also picks early and uses some amount of carbonic maceration. Jean Michel Stephan uses to work for Guigal, but I guess he must of learned "what not to do" instead of mimicking the style.

The intensity is beyond belief! Cote Rotie is already aromatic, but this is amplified by the carbonic quality. Further, there's a large amount of Viognier here too, which lends a bright tropical punch in the midst of classic Syrah notes (tapenade? meatiness?). There's some similarity to the Matthieu Barret Cornas I just drank, but this has far more clarity in the aromatics - a quality both important and underrated. So striking here are the aromatics, it's hard to even move on to actually tasting the wine - but once you do, it surprises again.

This wine's balance is very strange... No oak, but the high acidity is tapered by carbonic maceration. It's soft, but lean at the same time. There's a slight oily texture which might be from the Viognier, but it's counter balanced by an amazing display of fresh fruit. Raspberry, pear, black cherry, and even pineapple. From the nose to the mid palate it's an exhilarating wine., but the finish is noticeably abrupt. The tannins are tart and bitter like the skin of an under ripe plum. Aesthetically it works. From the nose all the way into the mid palate, this wine is so "over-the-top" that a sudden, unexpected bitterness comes across as a moment of clarity instead of disappointment.

I highly recommend the wine. I hope to taste other vintages and bottlings.

#syrah #naturalwine #coterotie #northernrhone #jeanmichelstephan #syrah #biodynamic #rhone #northernrhone #rhonevalley

Jun 27th, 2018
Stephen Solaka

Savage, black pepper and meats.

Savage, black pepper and meats.

Apr 14th, 2018
Jeremy Shanker

Sommelier at RN74

9.6

Producer > Vintage

Producer > Vintage

Dec 23rd, 2017
Rajat Parr

Founder Sandhi Wines & Domaine de la Côte, Evening Lands Vineyards, Seven Springs & Maison l'Oree

9.6

Explosive and intense. Classic and natural. Great!!

Explosive and intense. Classic and natural. Great!!

2 people found it helpfulApr 20th, 2015
William Henry

Smoked meats, lavender, grilled sausage, black pepper

Smoked meats, lavender, grilled sausage, black pepper

2 people found it helpfulSep 22nd, 2013
Matt Lasater

Aromatically lifted, freshness, pure with loads of bright acid and tannin finesse. Burgundian in its suave personality

Aromatically lifted, freshness, pure with loads of bright acid and tannin finesse. Burgundian in its suave personality

Apr 1st, 2017
Austin Ferrari

Wine Director Hillside Supper Club

9.5

Intense aromatic and body, could use an hour to open up!

Intense aromatic and body, could use an hour to open up!

Oct 17th, 2016
Evan Keaschuk

Starts out meaty and funky then, with a little air, transforms into a much more vibrant and floral wine, showcasing the black fruit and pepper. Such a great wine!

Starts out meaty and funky then, with a little air, transforms into a much more vibrant and floral wine, showcasing the black fruit and pepper. Such a great wine!

Feb 12th, 2016
Michele Smith

Sommelier/Wine Director Brooklyn Fare

9.6

Wild, floral, alive. Beautiful Cote-Rotie. Curious how these wines from JM Stephan age.

Wild, floral, alive. Beautiful Cote-Rotie. Curious how these wines from JM Stephan age.

May 25th, 2013
Raj Harb

Drinking quite nicely now.

Drinking quite nicely now.

Mar 30th, 2020