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1999 Domaine Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Maison Rouge
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88-89 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2002

($40) ($50; from a single parcel of old vines in Tupin, some dating back to 1938; tasted from cuve Saturated ruby-red. Aromas of raspberry, brown spices, violet and tarry oak. Rich, juicy and tightly wound; still a bit undifferentiated. This has good tannic spine and length. All syrah, and aged in nearly 50% new barriques, compared to 25% for the basic bottling.

92 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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