2015 Marie et Pierre Benetiere VDP Cordeloux Cote Rotie$159.99
Winemaking isn't always about starting with high quality raw material and skillfully transforming it into a beautiful wine. There's also a lot of red tape to go through and being a good businessperson can be equally as important. Even if you are on top of things the rules for the appellation can be very unforgiving and Marie and Pierre have experienced that wrath of the system firsthand in 2015 and 2016. The duo was late to file their paperwork for the AOC and subsequently were denied the use of Cote-Rotie on their label even though they had already labeled all of their wine. They were forced declassify their Cote-Rotie Cordeloux and re-label all of to Cordeloux Vin de Pays Syrah. The Picture above shows that they had two put two VdP labels on the bottle so Cote-Rotie didn't show through, but if you remove them you will see the original Cote-Rotie labels underneath. Feel free to remove it when it gets delivered to you it’s there so they could sell the wine and not have to dump it down the drain. Benetiere makes some stunning juice and the Cote-Rotie is a rare bottle with only a few older vintages available in the US. The 2015 is more forward and is in tune with such vintages as '29, '47, and '61. A very balanced and fresh vintage that should be on everybody's radar, this time with an interesting story. This cult status Cote-Rotie that we are very fortunate to be able to offer.