I had this wine just before going into hospital. I’ve just found my note so I can finally publish it. I’ve got two more bottles of this wine in one of my cellars, a fact that pleases me very much. Burgaud is still a relative bargain when it comes to buying Côte-Rôtie, well worth looking out for.
Côte-Rôtie 1998, Bernard Burgaud
The nose is very elegant, with soft fruit and a pleasing earthiness. It smells very complex and refined, with no excess of alcohol showing. The taste? Delicious! Pure, ripe fruit, minerality and great length. The tannins are present but ripe and very well integrated. This is very refined and silky. I think Côte-Rôtie should be like this, harmonious, refined and elegant rather than being a butch monster. Quite ready for drinking, but it’ll certainly last several more years with no problem. Excellent Côte-Rôtie that provides a lot of pleasure.