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Côte Rôtie is one of the oldest vineyard areas in France; its sun-baked slopes were first planted by the Romans over two thousand years ago. Beyond the optimal sun exposure, the pedigree of the land stems from the minerals, rich in varied soils from schist and granite to clay, gneiss, and limestone. The Jasmin's vineyards are co-planted with ninety-five percent Syrah and five percent Viognier; the traditionally planted Viognier lends terrific floral aromas to this wine over time. The séléction massale of his Syrah is known as "la vieille sérine." Closely studied by the Synidicat of his home town in Ampuis, Patrick works with them to promote the conservation of this ancient version of the varietal, known for its beautiful aromatics, smaller berries and seeds, and lower yields.
Wine SpectatorJuicy but elegant, with a beam of red currant and damson plum fruit backed by fine-grained tannins. Notes of shaved vanilla, briar and coffee chime in on the finish. Drink now through 2016.