I associate a degree of beetrooty reduction with Burgaud and this knowledge didn’t lead me astray when blind tasting this wine. I nailed it.
Cote-Rotie 1997, Bernard Burgaud
The nose is an elegant structure of fruit and beetroot, with a fine earthy character running right through it. There is the merest hint of greenness to it, but I think that just adds to the complexity rather than seeming unripe. It is refined and complex. This is a classy nose of harmony and delight. The palate is sleek and sexy, but has some pretty present tannins. These are described as ‘noble’ and that knowledge allows us to blind taste Burgaud and get it right. This is a really pleasing Cote-Rotie, I love it.