Côte-Rôtie is a French wine Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée (AOC) in the northern Rhône wine region of France. Côte-Rôtie can be rendered in English as "the roasted slope" or "the burning coast" and refers to the long hours of sunlight that these steep slopes receive.
Côte Rôtie is one of the most ancient vineyards of France. It was created by the Romans.
The wines are red, made with Syrah grapes and up to 20% Viognier, a white grape used for its aroma. According to appellation rules, Syrah and Viognier must be fermented at the same time, a process known as cofermentation.
Côte-Rôtie, when they are young, presents a sumptuous colour, deep garnet fringed with beautiful purple highlights ; they are bitter and dark, but when they age, they become more accessible and develop an opulent bouquet.
When they are stirred, they reveals a nose of red and black fruit, with above all blackcurrant, gooseberry, raspberry, joined to hints fo spices and violets. They evolves to vanilla and kernel perfumes. Round and mellow in the mouth, it’s an elegant and harmonious wine. It can be characterized by a considerable aromatic variety, and a very fine tannin structure.
Côte Rôtie are often regarded as the best Côtes du Rhône. Some amateurs like to make the comparison between Côte Rôtie brune and Côte Rôtie blonde (depending of the vineyard location). The brune is more spicy, and ages more slowly, and the blonde is more delicate.
Côte Rôtie can be enjoyed with leg of lamb, roasted duck, game, truffled dishes, beef ribs, Saint-Marcellin cheese.