Côte-Rôtie, Côte Rozier by Bonnefond | 2015
Patrick and Christophe Bonnefond are making some of the best Syrah wines on the planet. Their style is deceptively concentrated and built for the "long haul," but when you pop the cork, the wines speak clearly and confidently of a place and its grape. Besides being Bonnefond, this is pure Syrah from a special site and a jaw-dropping vintage. Côte Rozier adjoins the more famous "La Landonne" lieu-dit but shares the same exposure and schist soils. Its Syrah makes it into the hands of the region's finest producers (i.e. Jamet, Gaillard, Ogier). 2015 is a vintage for the cellar, but if you're impatient, like me, there's plenty of goodness in the glass. The wine overflows with fresh black fruits, damp violet, balsamic strawberry, and its sweet-smoky core reveals, "I'm Syrah!" The tannins coat your mouth but have a friendly and silky appeal. The only question left is — to cellar or not to cellar? The choice is yours!