Today, we’re once again turning our attention to a prestigious French appellation: Côte-Rôtie. This appellation is one of the most prestigious in the Rhône Valley, and produces elegant, seductive red wines. Let’s discover the secrets of Côte-Rôtie wines.
Although Côte-Rôtie wines are recognized and esteemed, they are not as famous as those from the neighboring appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. Yet this terroir has been renowned for millennia: the Romans were the first to cultivate vines here. On the palate, Côte-Rôtie wines have it all: deep, complex flavors at their best, red berry aromas and a surprisingly fresh finish. Their texture is silky, despite their pronounced structure.
The secret of Côte-Rôtie lies in the grape varieties that go into its wines. Côte-Rôtie is composed of Syrah and up to 20% Viognier, both of which are fermented simultaneously.
The appellation’s prestige also lies in its rarity. Côte-Rôtie production is limited, with only a few bottles produced. But Côte-Rôtie wines are undoubtedly top-quality, and will go perfectly with your best meals (we’ve already talked about food and wine pairing).
Opening a bottle of Côte-Rôtie is an act that’s not without meaning: it shows the respect you have for your hosts. In return, you must respect this quality wine. The first thing you can do is keep your Côte-Rôtie at the ideal temperature, thanks to Wikeeps’ Wibox refrigeration systems. Kept at the ideal temperature, your Côte-Rôtie will express its organoleptic qualities to the full.
You can also open and store your bottle for up to 20 days, thanks to Wikeeps’ Essentiel and Grandioso serving and storage systems. This is the ideal solution for restaurateurs, as it enables them to better manage the consumption of wine by the glass, while controlling the quality of the wines served to customers.
For châteaux, it enables them to develop their wine tourism activities.
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