What the Critics say
Bright purple. Ripe, spice-accented black and blue fruits, licorice and potpourri on the explosively perfumed nose. Stains the palate with concentrated black raspberry, boysenberry and violet pastille flavors and picks up spiciness and florality with aeration. Rich and broad but energetic as well, finishing with sharp delineation, steadily building tannins and powerful, blue-fruit-driven persistence. Made with partially de-stemmed fruit.
In the centre of the Côte-Rôtie appellation, in the municipality of Ampuis, stands the locality of “Bonnivières”, a handsome east-facing hillside of mica schist. The “Terres Sombres” cuvée was made chiefly with wines from this locality. The grapes are hand-picked; and then sorted, crushed and partially destemmed in the cellar. Fermented with native yeasts in open, temperature-controlled vats for about 3 weeks, with regular cap-punching and pumping-over. Malolactic-fermented in barriques.