The Profound Beauty of Côte-Rôtie - Magnum Edition: 2012 Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux

Posted by Joe Salamone

With only 2.5ha, finding Bénetière is difficult. Finding magnums is next to impossible.

Earlier this week we offered 750s of 2012 Bénetière Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux and it seemed right to follow up with mags on Friday. Bénetière has become an important pillar of our Northern Rhône offerings, but we've never been able to offer mags before. In general, we rarely see mags from any of Northern Rhône's culty, traditionalists.

When it comes to making Côte-Rôtie of lifted finesse and detail, Bénetière's mastery is always blatantly clear. These are lithe Côte-Rôtie, imprinted with jet black minerality and an explosive cast of aromatics.

The 2012 Cordeloux really highlights what Bénetière is about and why people go to such lengths to get the wines. The snap and brightness of the vintage carries an intense, dark core of crushed rocks and top notes of violets, spice and fruit. All of this is precisely articulated and ends in a refined, firmly structured finish.

In no time at all, Bénetière has become one of the most important producers in the Northern Rhône. The style is traditionally minded (stems are included, alcohol is kept low). They are precise, really compelling examples of Syrah. If they haven't quite blown up yet, it's because the quantities available place some serious caps on the exposure they may get.

There's a big part of me that's shocked that we're able to offer these mags. There's also a part of me that worries about spending Friday afternoon allocating orders.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Joe Salamone

Wine Buyer

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