The charming 2006 Cote Rotie exhibits a dense ruby/plum color, a sweet
nose of bacon fat, smoke, raspberries, and oak, and medium to
full-bodied, fleshy flavors. With charm and finesse as well as serious flavor
intensity, it can be enjoyed over the next 10-12 years.
These two brothers have come of age over the last decade. In the past,
much of the crop was sold to negociants, but now all of it is estate
bottled. The Bonnefonds farm just under 14 acres in Cote Rotie and 2.5 in
Condrieu. Production is approximately 12,000-15,000 bottles of the
Cote Rozier, 3,000-4,000 bottles of Les Rochains, and 2,000 cases of the
regular cuvee. Everything is destemmed, and the wines are made with both
pump-overs and punch-downs. The single vineyard wines see as much as
85-90% new French oak, and the classic Cote Roties see 25-30% new wood.
There is no filtration.