Bernard Burgaud Cote Rotie 2001

75 points

Côte-Rôtie, Rhone, France. 12.5%

I suspect that this might be an off bottle, but not in the sense of a corked, one off, bottle but rather a bad bottling run. Or worse, the entire vintage is like this.

Dark, rather oddly bright, colour. Does not look 7 years old. The second, less pleasant, surprise is the rather strong smell of cow shit. This is not just a touch of earthiness. The 3rd surprise is the whack of acid on the palate. It seems like malic acid, as if the wine did not go through a full malo-lactic fermentation.

This is a deep and strongly flavoured savoury wine, with study structure without high alcohol. But it’s also downright odd in an unpleasant way.

I suspect some handcrafted winemaking going astray with a particular bottling.


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