Côte-Rôtie ‘Prelude’ Jocelyne & Yves Lafoy 2017
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.
Good dark red. There is attractive brightness in the red fruit, and the nose is stylish, inviting, shows a touch of oak. The palate engages immediately via a poised stream of red fruits, raspberries and red berries. There are fine tannins with a crisp delivery. The tannins are already well absorbed into the wine, with liberal juice to enjoy, the length good. This is fresh and inviting. I find it similar to 2016 with a bit more content. “It is hyper gourmand.
Grape: 98% Syrah, 2% Viognier