WS 96 pts
This cuvée is a blend of grapes coming from the Côte Brune and the Côte Blonde. It's one of the oldest vineyards in France, first developed by the Romans. It is said that during the Middle Ages, "The Seigneur de Maugiron" bequeathed a hillside to each of his two daughters, one was brunette and the other fair. Thus, were born the names of "Côte Brune" and "Côte Blonde". The wine is aged for 14 to 16 months in new or one year old oak casks. The barrels are topped up regularly. The colour is deep crimson. The powerful yet subtle nose of Côte-Rôtie "Seigneur de Maugiron" has blackcurrant, redcurrant, liquorice and smoky aromas, underscored with light woody notes. The palate shows a tightly-knit tannic framework. The wine is well-balanced with a silky texture. It combines fine concentration with great delicacy.
Vineyard : they cover 3 communes - Saint-Cyr-sur-le-Rhône, Ampuis and Tupin-et-Semons - on the right Rhône river bank, within the Rhône "département".
Soils : in the northern part of the vineyard the Côte Brune, consists of extremely steep, terraced slopes of ferruginous mica schists which are covered with schist sand (arzel).
The Côte Blonde has a varied geology with gneiss and granite predominating at the most southern part of the appellation.
Climate : Tempered continental. Dry, hot summers with regular rainfall during the other seasons.
Production area: 230ha; annual production: 8,400 hl; maximum authorized yield: 40 hl / ha.
Grape varieties : Syrah, minimum 80%, and Viognier 10 to 20% allowed.