Eye: Dark ruby red.
Nose: Spices, red berries and delicate oak aromas.
Palate: Round soft tannins. Aromas of rasberry, blackberry and vanilla.
Overall: Balance between scarcely perceptible acidity and tannins which add ageing potential and softened by long ageing in oak.
The 2003 Côte-Rôtie Brune et Blonde appears to be the finest example of this cuvee since the 1985 and 1983. A sumptuously-textured, rich, full-throttle effort, it possesses loads of smoky bacon fat-infused black currant and herb-tinged fruit, good body, and a heady, concentrated finish. Robert Parker (12/04)