Given Merlin’s background working with Rostaing, his Côte-Rôtie is unsurprisingly excellent. The nose is dark and brooding with a typical black olive twist and earthy savouriness to complement the bramble fruit. The palate is full and rich, with layer upon layer of swarthy black cherry fruit and a raspberry juiciness to it. It’s intense and relatively closed at the moment, yet with incredible purity and a long, saline finish. Just 13.5% alcohol, it’ll be fascinating to watch this evolve in bottle.
FINE+RARE (July 2021)
|6x75cl||-||0 Immediate | 138 Marketplace||£195.00|