Robert Parker 93
“Fermented with the stems, the medium to full-bodied 2016 Cote Rotie Les Grandes Places reflects that to some extent in its complex aromas of bay leaf, mint, green olives and raspberries. Like the other 2016s from Pichat, it’s firm and tannic, yet it seems to have the requisite concentration to age well.”
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2030
Inky ruby. Spice-accented dark berry liqueur, candied violet and licorice qualities on the nose, along with hints of olive and exotic spices. Palate-staining boysenberry, cherry liqueur, floral pastille and fruitcake flavors show very good depth and a spine of juicy acidity. Expands steadily with air and finishes long and chewy, with mounting tannins and outstanding, floral-driven tenacity.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2033