The Cote Blonde, the highest expression of the appellation, reveals its character in exotic touches of tobacco, cinnamon and violets on a sturdy frame, gripped by fine tannins. Smoothness and length complete the work of the terroir.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (RP): 95
"As in 2012, the 2011 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde has the most depth and class. More reserved than the La Landonne currently, it yields notions of raspberry, crushed flowers, licorice and spice to go with a full-bodied, backward and beautifully concentrated profile on the palate. Perfectly balanced, with integrated acidity and ample, fine tannin.."
Stephen Tanzer (ST): 94
"Saturated ruby. Candied red and dark berries on the explosively perfumed floral, minerally nose. Stains the palate with intense blackberry and violet pastille flavors, gainingn depth and spiciness with aeration. Rich, energetic and graceful, finishing with superb clarity, power and fruit-driven persistence. One of the highlights of the vintage in the northern Rhone, with the balance to age but offering wonderful upfront appeal as well."