2018 Domaine Niero Cote Rotie Vires de Serine (750ml)

Syrah from Côte-Rôtie, Rhône, France

2018 Domaine Niero Cote Rotie Vires de Serine
B-21 Top Recommendation
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Rémi Niero's tiny family domain amounts to just eight hectares: four in Condrieu, two in Côte Rôtie and one each in Saint-Joseph and IGP. The winery is located at the appropriately named Impasse du Pressoir, near the Mairie in the village of Condrieu. It's relatively recent in French terms, having been left to Rémi's father by his wife's father in 1973. Follow that? That would've been Rémi's maternal grandmother. Rémi started working with his father in 2005, and his dad retired in 2010. Rémi's day job is as a mechanical engineer at Pellenc, the French manufacturer of viticultural and winemaking equipment, so the technical aspects of the winery are completely up to date, and the wines are clean and expressive.
–Wine Advocate


Coming from the La Viallière and Coteau de Basenon lieux-dits, the 2018 Côte Rôtie Vires De Serine checks in as 100% Syrah that was brought up in new French oak. Its deep ruby/purple hue is followed by a young, unevolved wine offering lots of black raspberry and blueberry fruits intermixed with notes of roasted meats, chocolate, spice box, and spring flowers. Despite not including any Viognier, it's an incredibly floral, perfumed, and exotic Côte Rôtie with gorgeous fruit, a stacked mid-palate, ripe tannins, and a blockbuster of a finish. There's a kiss of background oak, but it has a wealth of fruit and texture, fabulous balance, and holds onto a pure, balanced Côte Rôtie style. Hide bottles for 4-5 years and enjoy over the following two decades.

97 points, Jeb Dunnuck (Nov 2020)

Alcohol By Volume: 15.0%

This item is a pre-order estimated to arrive 06/28/21. 24 bottles available.

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