M. Chapoutier Cote Rotie Les Becasses 2004
Open-knit, with briary tannins supporting blackberry, cherry, tobacco and coffee notes. Firm, smoky finish. Drink now through 2012. 3,300 cases made.
A wine you could sit and smell for a long time, with classic Côte-Rôtie aromas of smoke, pepper and herb twined around a core of raspberry fruit. But on the palate it comes across as a little light and lacking true depth. A pretty, elegant wine with some tea-like tannins on the finish. Drink now-2015.