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Words of Sommeliers

Steve Ayon


Barton & Guestier Côtes-du-Rhône

Appellation Côtes-du-Rhône Contrôlée

Steve Ayon

49Th best Sommelier of the World ASI 2019
Best Sommelier of Mexico 2017
Finalist Best Sommelier of Mexico 2014

Barton & Guestier Côtes-du-Rhône

This wine offers the chance to explore one of France’s most famous appellations.

At the start of the tasting, I was impressed by the wine’s beautiful ruby highlights and concentrated colour as it touched the sides of the glass, revealing its apparent density.
The best came when nosing the wine, which revealed superb aromatic intensity expressed in powerful forest aromas reflected in ripe red fruits, notes of eucalyptus and rosemary, and spices like chilli, cinnamon and clove. Swirling the wine in the glass revealed the wine’s full depth, with mineral notes that bring to mind wet stones from a river and pine tree-like balsamic notes.
The wine is quite simply superb. The palate is round, pleasant and quaffable. The tannins are firm but well-refined, and the alcohol is warming, perfectly matching the wine’s freshness. Overall it shows a wonderful harmony of intensities and good length on the palate, making it ready to drink now and also offering good ageing potential of a couple of years. It is a Côtes-du-Rhône that reflects the region’s typical characteristics with a more refined and sophisticated profile.
To really make the most of it, it should be served with food. Mexican-style dishes would work well, and its flavours and textures mean it may be paired with many different options. It would match well, for example, with enchiladas with a sweet mole sauce and duck, that would bring out the sweet fruity flavours and spicy aromas, both of which would explode on the palate.
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