The name L'Eglantine comes from the flower of the wild rose that grows along the vines in this area. It is also an homage to the very floral notes in Côte-Rôtie. This wine combines the two main slopes of the hills of Côte-Rôtie – the Côte Brune and the Côte Blonde. The Côte Brune hill is known for its deep schist soils, rich in rocky pebbles that date back to the glacial age that creates its darker-colored terroir. Grapes grown on Côte Brune tend to be more masculine and powerful. The Côte Blonde, just south of Côte Brune, has lighter-colored soils due to the type of sand, limestone, and calcareous rocks. Grapes from this site produce more floral aromas and add elegance to the final wine.
All work in these vineyards is done by hand, with a continuous focus on green-harvesting to select and focus the vine’s energy on only the best clusters. Grapes are destemmed and vinification takes place in large concrete vats to maintain the freshness and aromatics of this 100% Syrah. Extraction of both color and flavors is done through regular punch-downs, maximizing the tannin structure as well. After a 15-20 day maceration period, the wine is aged in French oak casks for 16-18 months. The combination of fruit from both Côte Brune and Blonde creates exceptional layers of flavor, concentration, and texture – making this a great wine for cellar aging.
93-95 points, Jeb Dunnuck – “The 2018 Côte Rôtie L'Eglantine comes from a mix of terroirs (from both the Côte Blonde and Côte Brune sides of the appellation) and will spend 16-18 months in used oak. As with just about every 2018, it's deep purple-colored and offers up a more floral bouquet of black raspberries, blueberries, liquid violets, and crushed rocks. Medium to full-bodied, supple, beautifully balanced, and elegant, it's another terrific wine in the making."