Domaine Stéphane Pichat
Côte-Rôtie Les Grandes Places, 2014

Stéphane is a very talented winemaker who started producing wine in 2000. Obviously we rate him, but so does Robert Parker. We are extremely fortunate in securing supplies of two of his wonderful cuvées: Champon, originating from 3 Parcels (Champon, Plomb and Cognet) and barrel-aged for 24 months, and Les Grandes Places, made from a single plot on this fabulous site, matured for 36 months in new oak barriques.

Grape

100% Syrah

Vineyard & Vinification Note

From 2010: made from 70% 1928/1940s Serine (Syrah clone) (0.35 ha) and 30% 1998 Syrah (0.15 ha) on Les Grandes Places (northern sector)

Since 2013:  35-100% whole bunch fermentation, first juice cooled 12 hours at 8-9°C, wild yeasts, then 3-4 week vinification.

Pumping overs, cap punching, 2007, 2009 some part vat emptying/refilling, aged 100% new 400-litre & 600-litre oak casks 24 months to 30 months (until 2010 aged 36 months, with 228-litre, 300-litre & 400-litre oak casks used), just one racking, unfined, unfiltered.

Wine Advocate

The inky-coloured 2014 Côte Rôtie les Grandes Places is a rocking success in the vintage. Giving up tons of black fruits, scorched earth, wood smoke and crushed rock aromas and flavours, this beauty is medium-bodied, fresh and focused on the palate, with building fine tannin and juicy acidity. It will have 10-15 years of longevity – 92 points, Jeb Dunnuck, Dec 2016

Food Pairing

The perfect partner to meat dishes. Beef casseroles, hearty stews, Moroccan lamb barbecues and rich sausage casseroles such as a cassoulet.

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