The Shimmering Beauty of Côte-Rôtie:
2009 & 2012 Benetiere Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux

Posted by Ian McFadden

In Côte-Rôtie, Bénetière may very well be without peer in terms of balance, detail, and streamlined mineral elegance.

Côte-Rôtie is famous for being the most Burgundian expression of Syrah. Bénetière highlights these qualities with its lithe frame of jet-black minerals, floral notes, and dark fruits.

photo of label of Benetiere Cote Rotie Cordeloux

There's intensity, for sure, but the presentation is nimble and bright. Bénetière gets you incredibly close to the beating heart of Côte-Rôtie and its profound beauty.

The 2012 is a gorgeous example of what Bénetière achieves with his Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux. The wine has a brightness and snap, but also has beautifully silky tannins. The balance and fineness is impressive. 

In contrast, the 2009 is much more powerful and layered. There's a rush of dark, spice-inflected fruit that's backed by a stern minerality. There is a really impressive length and a detailed finish. 

I should close by mentioning that this is a very limited offering. Finding older examples of Benetiere has become very difficult and I don't expect this small parcel to stick around for very long. 

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

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits

2009 Benetiere Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux
Special Bottle Price: $254.95

2012 Benetiere Côte-Rôtie Cordeloux
Special Bottle Price: $199.95