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2006 Domaine Jean Michel Gerin Cote-Rotie Champin Le Seigneur
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90 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2009

($75) Bright ruby color. Very spicy, with a sexy bouquet of peppery red berries, cinnamon and coconut. Sweet raspberry and blackcurrant flavors are finely etched, with silky tannins adding frame. Finishes brisk and with very good length. "Balance is what makes 2006 a fine vintage," Gerin commented. "2005 is a truly great vintage, but the wines are huge and need plenty of time. If you like finesse, 2006 is for you."

91 Points | Wine Spectator
88 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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