La Brocarde is a locality of the appellation located in Côte-Brune. The classic steep hillside of La Brocarde is composed of clay and iron oxide along with granite, mica, schist rock and limestone soils giving this wine a dark and tannic profile. A blend of Syrah (97%) and Viognier (3%), La Brocarde undergoes fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks before going into new french barriques for 26 months. Only 200 dozen bottles produced.
MATT WALLS - DECANTER
With darker fruits than their Brocarde, this is brooding and dense in fruit and tannin. There's less Viognier on show here, shot through with dense, firm, ripe tannin. A powerful wine with well-integrated oak and a long finish. It's a touch unruly, but is an enjoyably untamed expression of Côte-Rôtie.
JOE CZERWINSKI - WINE ADVOCATE
Billon's full-bodied 2016 Cote Rotie Cote Rozier is still in barrels (50% new). Made using 30% whole clusters, it's not particularly stemmy, just complex, with hints of cracked pepper, black olives and dark berries joined by hints of cedar and baking spices. It's plush and velvety on the palate, leading into a slightly dry, cedary finish.