What the Critics say
La Brocarde is a locality of the appellation located in Côte-Brune. The classic steep hillside of La Brocarde is composed of clay and iron oxide along with granite, mica, schist rock and limestone soils giving this wine a dark and tannic profile. A blend of Syrah (97%) and Viognier (3%), La Brocarde undergoes fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks before going into new french barriques for 26 months. Only 200 dozen bottles produced.
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.
|Grape Variety||Syrah / Shiraz (97%) & Viognier (3%)|