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From 30 to 60 year old vines Gilles 2005s are superb. They are rich but typically fine and very complex with loads of floral, spicy and peppery notes which are very much part of the traditional Barge style. This is a great source of Côte-Rôtie crafted with a modern accent, low new oak, and they are wines that handsomely repay serious cellaring. As is normal the Barge Côte-Rôtie’s have notably moderate alcohol levels at 12.5% to 13.0%.

Côte-Rôtie dances with delights, both in the standard cuvées and in the highly impressive, subtle and complex old vine, fine location wines. For lovers of Burgundy, this is a vintage to know. Put your dainty Pinot feet in the granite soil of the Rhône, dear northerners: you will feel at home, and will wonder why you didn’t stray south earlier.

Prime example of traditional Côte-Rôtie. Wines are very consistent. Du Plessy more aromatic, the Côte Brune has good muscle and breeding, and ages well. Condrieu and St-Joseph contain good fruit. John Livingston Learmonth


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