Côte-Rôtie ‘Côte Rozier’ Jocelyne & Yves Lafoy 2015
Domaine Jocelyne & Yves Lafoy, Ampuis
Three generations of the family have worked this vineyard in Ampuis at the heart of the Côte-Rôtie. 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. Gaëtan 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.
Bold, dark robe. The bouquet wells up with a salted, iodine-like freshness above its southern style prune, cooked black fruits, with a note of roast beef. There is a mulled angle in the ripeness of the fruit. The palate is well charged, holds copious, almost flashy content, and runs with abandon. This is most definitely a sudiste take on Côte-Rôtie, with its savoury and open style, rays of sun well distributed. The gras holds up well.
Grape: 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier