Robert M. Parker, Jr.
147, The Wine Advocate
The regular Cote Rotie is a 10,000-bottle cuvee aged in barrique (of which 30% is new), with 15% stems utilized during the fermentation. It enjoys a cold maceration in barrel, a technique common in both Burgundy and Cote Rotie, and recently implemented in Bordeaux. The sexy, friendly 2000 Cote Rotie is one of the vintage’s finest examples. A deep ruby color is followed by sweet, expansive aromas of black fruits, white flowers, pepper, and spice box. With low acidity, gorgeously textured, plump flavors, and an easygoing, sensual finish, it can be drunk now and over the next decade.