Rose Pourpre is a selection of Pierre's top barrels. It is mostly produced from grapes grown in LeRozier, next to Guigal's La Landonne vineyard. Full-bodied with a dense, chewy palate, it is subtlyreminiscent of an Italian Amarone, but with no heaviness. Finishes long and fresh on notes of roasted spice, ripe blackberries and dark.
The 2005 Cote Rotie Rose Pourpre, from the Rozier site on pure schist, is fabulous. Deep ruby/purple with notes of blackberries, anise, pain grille, tar, and flowers, the wine is full-bodied, pure, ripe, intensely concentrated, and superbly etched and structured. Give this wine 3-4 years of bottle age and drink it over the next 10-15 years. Drink: 2011 - 2023.
Only a red wine appellation, Côte Rôtie is the most northern of all Rhône appellations and is produced mostly from Syrah, although Viognier may contribute up to 20% of the blend. Its terroir is divided into two categories. Côte Brune's soil is comprised of iron-entrenched granite giving thesoil a rich red-brown colour. As a result, it creates wine of notable power and concentration that usually needs time in the cellar to soften and develop. Heading south down the slope towards Condrieu, one encounters Côte Blonde, an area comprised of decomposed schist and mica that is lighter in colour and tends to produce elegantly styled wine for earlier consumption (most of the area's Viognier is grown here). Many traditional producers of Côte Rôtie feel that their best wines are a blend of the two.