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Tasting Note: Two Côte-Rôties

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1998 Côte-Rôtie, Robert et Patrick Jasmin (Rhône, France): Deep ruby-garnet in color, clean and clear; the wine displays an enticing perfume, elegant, and seductive – filled with blackberries, blueberries, leather, anise and lightly smoked, bacon fat; on the palate, the wine is medium-full in body, supple and beautifully married, the palate echoed all the bouquet had to offer; very stylish, very complex, and very delicious. Absolutely superb.

1999 Côte-Rôtie, Bernard Burgaud (Rhône, France): Deep ruby-purple color, almost opaque; the bouquet shows blackberries, anise, sous bois and dark earthy notes; the palate is a bit more rustic than the Jasmin, less refined, but is delicious nonetheless, with finely grained tannin and a long finish. Excellent

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