Domaine Lafoy, Côte-Rôtie ‘Prelude’ 2017

£42.00 (75cl)

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SKU: RHLF0017B

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98% Syrah, 2% Viognier sourced from the following parcels: ‘Leyat’, ‘Côte Blonde’ (planted in 1934), ‘Fongeant’, ‘La Brosse’ and 'Le Truchet’ (planted in 1991). Soils are mica-schist. Grapes are fully destemmed and maceration occurs for 21-28 days. The wine undergoes 18 months ageing in oak barriques.

Tasting note

With its rounder tannins, this cuvée offers complexity more pronounced floral, spicy and fruity aromas.

About the producer

Three generations of the family have worked this vineyard in Ampuis at the heart of the Côte-Rôtie since the estate was founded in 1993 by Jocelyne and Yves Lafoy, who cobbled together vines from their respective in-laws to follow in Jocelyne’s father’s footsteps on the Côte Brune in Côte-Rôtie. Since 2012, the winemaking has been the chief responsibility of their son Gaëtan who was formally trained at a viticulture and oenology school in Mâcon, France and spent a few months at the Plumpton Agricultural College in Sussex in the United Kingdom. Following this, he trained with an internship under Jean-Michel Gérin in Côte-Rôtie. The vineyards are worked by hand (often on steep terraces) with little mechanisation, and the winemaking style is traditional producing ageworthy, structured and elegant wines.



Jeb Dunnuck (jebdunnuck.com):

The 2017 Côte Rôtie Prélude is also lovely, offering a forward, charming, complex style as well as complex blueberry and raspberry fruits and ample spring flowers, and incense aromas and flavors. It's a pretty, balanced, elegant wine. The blend is 98% Syrah and 2% Viognier, aged 20 months in 8% new oak, and it’s going to evolve nicely for 10-12 years or more. (Jeb Dunnuck) Points: 91. Date Tasted: 12/12/2019

Regions Vintage Report:

“After two exceptional vintages it’s difficult to believe that 2017 could match up to let alone deliver wines of similar quality. The styles though are different, with richer and often riper fruit in the North the wines are fuller than 2016 without the high concentration and balance of 2015. The South is another story, with once again a large deficit in volume, particularly for the Grenache. The season was quite warm and dry resulting in very low yields, sometimes up to 50% down. The North A relatively hot and dry vintage often resulting richer whites across the board, with the best producers managing to retain enough freshness and acidity for conveyance, for the majority these will be best consumed in youth. The reds are more of a mixed crew with some wines approaching the maturity and intensity of the 2015s, whilst others are more forward with softer tannins providing an earlier drinking window. The best producers harvested their whites early to keep the freshness but the reds much later to intensify the concentration and gain in complexity, especially for the tannin structure. The South The year started awkwardly with large amounts of “coulure” for the Grenache with the rest of the season not much easier, with a very dry summer reducing the crop further. The result is still very impressive and not too far from the highly lauded 2016 vintage. The wines are often very concentrated and, even if the acidity is a little low, the result is very impressive. Given the quality of 2017 it could have been considered as the vintage of the decade, but 2016 is still present in our minds and will be difficult to replace from the top of the pedestal. Many wines are very close in quality to the previous two vintages and I don’t think that we will see 3 successive star vintages like these for a while, furthermore 2018 is looking promising too although much more uneven between producers and appellations. The less precocious appellations fared best especially on soils less exposed to dry weather. In short, 2017 is another superb vintage if it was not for the very low volume produced. Christian Honorez, Director November 2018 ©adVINture 2020

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