For the growing army of Northern Rhône Syrah addicts out there, Domaine Duclaux’s exceptional “La Chana” Côte-Rôtie will scratch the itch quite nicely. Loaded with abundant fresh raspberries, wild flowers, white pepper and smoke this is the kind of Syrah you want to open for a crowd.
Armed with only 13 acres, the brothers Benjamin and David Duclaux specialize in transforming Syrah into a highly aromatic expression with fruit that skirts between elegance and seductive opulence. This is due in large part to their blending of modern and traditional techniques. Like all their wines, the brothers do everything in the vineyard by hand here. Both the Syrah (and the tiny amount of Viognier) that makes “La Chana” is sourced from steep plots overlooking the sleepy village of Tupin.
In the cellar, the brothers destem the majority of the fruit and manipulate the fermentations with the assistance of temperature control. Pump overs follow the traditional path (manual, over the cap) with the wine aging for about 20 months in neutral oak. The recipe may sound simple, this Syrah, however, is not.
By this point you should know just how much we love 2016 Rhône. The vintage shows its charms here by way of heightened elegance and intoxicating freshness – two qualities that make this brilliant year such an important one. Charmed by its easy, open nature, this ‘La Chana’ clicks all the right buttons to impress your guests this summer.
2016 Domaine Duclaux “La Chana” Côte-Rôtie
“Opulent red fruits on the nose, fine tannic weave on the palate, light body but loads of freshness and concentration. Delivers all of Syrah's aromatic complexity but none of the weight. Ethereal and delicious.” 17.5/20, Jancis Robinson
“Fresh and pure, with a racy savory and iron frame around a core of lively cherry,
damson plum and red currant fruit flavors. Mouthwatering bay leaf and white pepper
notes run through the finish. Best from 2019 through 2030.” 93 Points, Wine Spectator