Jean-Michel Stephan Cote Rotie Vieille Vigne en Coteaux 2006 (Cote Rotie, Northern Rhone, France) - [WS 96]

Jean-Michel Stephan Cote Rotie Vieille Vigne en Coteaux 2006
(Cote Rotie, Northern Rhone, France) - [WS 96]

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About This Wine:

Former Guigal assistant Jean-Michel Stephan’s modest domaine consists of eight acres of mostly old vines in various parcels in Côte Rôtie’s southern sector. 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 Côteaux de Tupin and the Côteaux de Bassenon. Jean-Michel’s home and cellar are in the tiny village of Tupin-Semons at the base of the Côteaux 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 by hand, without the use of chemicals. He is a disciple of Jules Chauvet, France's legendary father of natural winemaking. His classic Côte Rôtie is a blend of Syrah and Viognier from various parcels, but he also isolates the domaine’s two distinct terroirs in separate, limited-production bottlings.

For the past three vintages (2003-2005) Domaine Stephan’s wines have garnered accolades from the most respected European and American wine critics, including consistent 92-96 scores from James Molesworth of the Wine Spectator.

Special selection of oldest Serine from Bassenon (some 100+ years-old) with up to 20% Viognier

Élevage takes place in a combination of new, one, and two-year-old oak barrels for a period of 16 to 22 months. Côte Rôties are racked only once and not filtered.

Ratings & Reviews

95 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Dark but racy, with mouthwatering currant confiture and graphite notes that course along, while black tea, Black Forest cake and truffle notes fill out the background. The long, driven finish is plenty stretched out already, but has the stuffing to cellar as well. Drink now through 2020. 141 cases made." –JM (12/31/2009)

90 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (v. 2005):
"The wines are not easy to taste when young, but I have to say, the 2005 Cote Rotie Vieille Vigne shows a gorgeous peppery, floral nose with sweet currants, cherries, a deep ruby/purple color, luscious, medium to full-bodied flavors, and plenty of tannin lurking under the surface. Give it 2-3 years of cellaring, and drink it over the following 15 years. It may even be better than I rated it.

A young producer who has just under 12 acres of vines, Jean-Michel Stephan is a mystical winemaker, eschewing any kind of yeast, chaptalisation, enzymes, or even sulfur." -Robert Parker (2/2008)

90+ Points - Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (v. 2005):
"Opaque purple. Pungent dark berries and cherry-cola on the nose. Deep and chewy, with sweet cassis and cherry liqueur flavors framed by solid tannins. Serious depth and richness here; serve this with grilled meats or, better still, lose it in the cellar for ten years or so." - Josh Raynolds (Jan/Feb '08)