Vidal-Fleury Cote Rotie La Chatillone 1995
About the Region
The northernmost wine region of France's Rhône Valley, Côte Rôtie — literally "roasted hillside," a reference to its exposure to the sun — produces what are often considered the greatest syrah-based wines in the world, dense, meaty, and complex. Syrah is the only red grape permitted in the appellation, though the white grape viognier is also grown here, and is often (but not always) cofermented with syrah, in quantities no higher than 20 percent, to soften the wine and lend additional aroma. The most famous wines of the region are the pricey single-vineyard cuvées from Guigal (La Landonee, La Mouline, and La Turque), but there are many other fine examples of the wine.