Christophe Billon Cote Rotie "Les Elotins' 2013
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.
'I found a slight herbal edge in the 2013 Côte Rôtie Les Elotins (which also hasn’t yet been bottled), and it too has a modern feel in its olive, pepper, smoked meat and darker fruit bouquet. Medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated, with sweet tannin and plenty of length, it should come together nicely with 2-3 years of cellaring. The herbal edge on the bouquet gives me pause, yet I suspect this will come together nicely once in bottle. Note, the blend is 95% Syrah and 5% Viognier, completely destemmed and aged 26 months in one- to two-year-old barrels.'
(89-92) Points - Jeb Dunnuck, robertparker.com