Christophe Billon has been tending the vines of Cote Rotie for years. His career really began after taking over his fathers modest estate of .017 ha on Cote Rozier. Whilst working as a viticulturist for the Guigals (and also selling the bulk of his grapes to the family) he has built the domaine holdings up to 3.5 ha in Cote Rotie and 1.5 ha of Vdp. Most Cote vines, planted on the schist soils are around 30 years of age with some going back to the original plantings of 1942.
Syrah with a touch of Viognier (around 3%)-Single vineyard cuvee.
Still not yet in bottle, the modern styled 2013 Côte Rôtie la Brocarde sports an inky purple color to go with plenty of oak-tinged crème de cassis, licorice, smoked meats and a kiss of vanilla. While the oak is certainly present, there’s also ample fruit, and this medium to full-bodied Côte Rôtie has solid mid-palate depth and a great finish. I doubt the oak will ever completely integrate, but give it 2-3 years in the cellar and enjoy bottles through 2033.
(90-93) Points - Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com