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Cote-Rotie Cuvee du Plessy by Gilles Barge 2017

Anything produced by Gilles Barge is a bonafide Côte-Rôtie collectible that stands shoulder to shoulder with the legendary traditionalists of the Northern Rhone like Jamet, Chave & Verset – but with a far better price tag attached. 

Gilles Barges has created one of the most scandalously underpriced domaines in all of the northern Rhone

Jules Barges was the first to ’domaine bottle’ his own wine in 1929. The family’s knowledge, passed down through generations of winemakers has made them masters of their craft. Gilles Barge took his family’s knowledge and tradition and has headed one of the most scandalously underpriced domaines in all of the northern Rhone for three decades.

The bottom two thirds of a bottle of Côte-Rôtie Cuvee du Plessy is photographed to left of a wine glass with a tasting of the wine. Both sit atop a mustard and brown coloured terrazzo countertop.

“What does soulful, ultra-traditional Côte-Rôtie taste like? Gilles Barge has been successfully answering that question for generations. Whether you’re a sommelier-in-training or are simply seeking out a bottle of region-defining Syrah, it doesn’t get more classy/classic than this.” —Ian Cauble, Master Sommelier

Barge’s wines are extremely rare, and difficult to get your hands on – only 100 cases were available for the whole US market last year. “Cuvee de Plessy” is the iconic epitome of Cote Blonde finesse. In fact, in 1982, when Marius Gentaz’s UK importer asked for more Côte Rôtie, Gentaz – possibly the most famous winemaker ever in Côte Rôtie – pointed him to Domaine Barge, specifically recommending the Cuvée made from the vines of M. du Plessy.

Barge’s wines are extremely rare, and difficult to get one’s hands on – only 100 cases were available for the whole US market last year!

This wine contains old vine Syrah from Cote Rotie’s most legendary lieu-dits with names like Lancement, Côte Blonde and Boucharey. As single vineyard wines from anyone of note, you would pay hundreds of dollars a bottle, which is what makes this such an incredible value.

This wine captures the very essence of Syrah as grown in this region: perfumed as all get out; deeply meaty, smoky, and mineral; balanced and refined. It is unendly complex and will repay at least two decades of cellaring, but will provide great pleasure throughout its entire life. These are not wines of power, but rather of elegance, vibrance, and character. This is a wine that every serious collector should have in their cellar.

A view of the mountainous Gilles Barge vineyards, with grape vines planted in rows up the mountain. An irrigation tunnel runs down the centre, and 2 small shade huts lie amongst the vines - one near the top, the other toward the middle of the hill.

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