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    Mark Lipton Guest

    Default [TN] '96 Chapoutier Cote-Rotie

    Hard as it may be to believe, there was a time in the distant past when
    I considered the pronouncements of Robert Parker to be akin to divine
    judgment. Back in those benighted days, I was invited to a conference
    in Nice and took that opportunity to visit a few choice producers in the
    Rhone Valley en route to Nice. Among our visits was the tasting room
    (that alone should be a beacon of warning) of Chapoutier in Tain, the
    most Californian of experiences we had during our '98 visit (quite a
    contrast to chatting with the most engaging Nöel Verset in his cramped
    cellar space in painfully broken French). Our only purchase at that
    visit was a '96 Cote-Rotie that seemed both decent and fairly priced.
    Last night, with a dinner of pan-seared venison steaks, we opened it:

    1996 Chapoutier Côte-Rôtie
    nose: fair anemic, slightly meaty, hints of berries
    palate: medium weight, high acidity, drying fruit

    Overall, had I tasted this blind, I would have guessed that it was a
    Crozes-Hermitage past its prime, certainly never given much thought to
    Côte-Rôtie. How it could be so devoid of aromatic interest, I fail
    understand. Decent enough Syrah, but nothing remarkable.

    Mark Lipton

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    lleichtman Guest

    Default Re: '96 Chapoutier Cote-Rotie

    On Apr 22, 6:51*pm, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    > Hard as it may be to believe, there was a time in the distant past when
    > I considered the pronouncements of Robert Parker to be akin to divine
    > judgment. *Back in those benighted days, I was invited to a conference
    > in Nice and took that opportunity to visit a few choice producers in the
    > Rhone Valley en route to Nice. *Among our visits was the tasting room
    > (that alone should be a beacon of warning) of Chapoutier in Tain, the
    > most Californian of experiences we had during our '98 visit (quite a
    > contrast to chatting with the most engaging Nöel Verset in his cramped
    > cellar space in painfully broken French). *Our only purchase at that
    > visit was a '96 Cote-Rotie that seemed both decent and fairly priced.
    > Last night, with a dinner of pan-seared venison steaks, we opened it:
    >
    > 1996 Chapoutier Côte-Rôtie
    > nose: fair anemic, slightly meaty, hints of berries
    > palate: medium weight, high acidity, drying fruit
    >
    > Overall, had I tasted this blind, I would have guessed that it was a
    > Crozes-Hermitage past its prime, certainly never given much thought to
    > Côte-Rôtie. *How it could be so devoid of aromatic interest, I fail
    > understand. *Decent enough Syrah, but nothing remarkable.
    >
    > Mark Lipton


    Chapoutier seems to have lost its way for me.

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    Bi!! Guest

    Default Re: '96 Chapoutier Cote-Rotie

    On Apr 22, 11:25*pm, lleichtman <larryleicht...@gmail.com> wrote:
    > On Apr 22, 6:51*pm, Mark Lipton <not...@eudrup.ude> wrote:
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > Hard as it may be to believe, there was a time in the distant past when
    > > I considered the pronouncements of Robert Parker to be akin to divine
    > > judgment. *Back in those benighted days, I was invited to a conference
    > > in Nice and took that opportunity to visit a few choice producers in the
    > > Rhone Valley en route to Nice. *Among our visits was the tasting room
    > > (that alone should be a beacon of warning) of Chapoutier in Tain, the
    > > most Californian of experiences we had during our '98 visit (quite a
    > > contrast to chatting with the most engaging Nöel Verset in his cramped
    > > cellar space in painfully broken French). *Our only purchase at that
    > > visit was a '96 Cote-Rotie that seemed both decent and fairly priced.
    > > Last night, with a dinner of pan-seared venison steaks, we opened it:

    >
    > > 1996 Chapoutier Côte-Rôtie
    > > nose: fair anemic, slightly meaty, hints of berries
    > > palate: medium weight, high acidity, drying fruit

    >
    > > Overall, had I tasted this blind, I would have guessed that it was a
    > > Crozes-Hermitage past its prime, certainly never given much thought to
    > > Côte-Rôtie. *How it could be so devoid of aromatic interest, I fail
    > > understand. *Decent enough Syrah, but nothing remarkable.

    >
    > > Mark Lipton

    >
    > Chapoutier seems to have lost its way for me.


    Me too although I had a Hermitage blanc from 2006 that was quite good.

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