What to open to along the traditional lamb dish this Easter? Why not two bottles of young, juicy Syrah? Ok then!
2010 Côte-Rôtie Cuvée Maestria, Vignobles Levet
I tasted Levet´s Améthyste almost two years ago, but have not come around to the Maestria until now. Glad I did, for this is great. The nose is young, cool and finely tuned with notes of ripening blueberries, allspice, rubber and bay leaves. A bit low keyed but oooh so fine. Some wood smoke after a while. Impressive. Day two it is even better, with a lovely sweet lingonberry note and a whole petrol station oozing up from the glass.
The taste is young and tight with notes of veal meat, crushed black pepper, lots of minerals and bay leaves. The finish is long, sandy and full of tannins that are sandpapered with the finest grade. Very promising. On day two it is even more harmonious and handsome with everything (except maturity) in place. Note to self, wait 4+ years before opening another bottle.
94p (tasted 2016/03)
2010 Côte-Rôtie, Saint Cosme
Some 10 years ago we did a tasting of 1999 Côte-Rôtie - all three La-La´s from Guigal, Jamet and Saint Cosme. Tasting them single blind I had La Mouline as number one and a perfect wine. In second place....Saint Cosme. There were others tasters that had the Saint Cosme in first place. Ah well, we fast forward to 2016 and me opening the 2010.
The nose is open for business right out of the bottle with gorgeous peppery aromas and additional notes of ripe blueberries, violet pastilles, meat stock, cigarette smoke and gravel. A very fine depth and sweetness to the fruit. Some freshly sawn spruce lingers in the background, and dried flowers. Just lovely. On day two the fruit is a bit darker and there is notes of tobacco and dusty earth.
The taste is tight and seedy with notes of blueberry pie, dried raspberries, fine tobacco, black pepper and diesel. The finish goes on for over a minute and shows a fine concentration. Day two it is tighter still and needs time to open up. Wait 3+ years. Great wine!
95p (tasted 2016/03)