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2009 Domaine Georges Vernay Cote-Rotie Blonde du Seigneur
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93 Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - March/April 2012

(includes 7% viognier):  Bright ruby.  Highly perfumed, mineral-accented bouquet of fresh red and dark berries, candied flowers and Asian spices.  Fine-grained and juicy on the palate, with tangy acidity giving spine to the lively black raspberry and mulberry flavors.  A smoky note comes up on the finish, which is focused, sweet and very long.  This graceful wine really shows the finesse that can be attained in the southern end of Cote-Rotie.

94 Points | Wine Spectator

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