From their website: "Côte-Rôtie du Domaine Burgaud is a 100% Syrah. It is delicious now or will be even more so in 15 years. It is a wine of character which strongly expresses its origin, and which tries to express at best the singularity of each vintage. Production is limited to 40hl / ha.
Syrah is found in Côte-Rôtie in the most northerly zone of its production area. North of Lyon this variety no longer matures. Also to obtain rich wines, concentrated, able to age, it is necessary to put all the advantages of its side: choice of the type of syrah, mastery of the yields, sanitary state, date of appropriate harvest with each parcel etc.
For this reason, our harvest takes place in 2 or 3 times, spread over two to three weeks, between late September and early October. In winemaking, total destemming is required. To avoid dry tannins that are unpleasant in young wine, and bring nothing to aging. There is no yeast, because I consider that indigenous yeasts are part of the appellation of origin, they contribute to emphasize the singularity of the vintage.
During alcoholic fermentation, maceration and temperature are fundamental for extracting fine grape tannins and fruity grapefruit. It is at this point that the pigeages intervene and that the control of the temperatures must be precise. The pigeage consists in causing a good maceration in order to obtain the maximum of color, and fruity. With the evolution of the climate the chaptalisation, formerly common, is now part only marginally. The vatting takes place after about 2 weeks of maceration. The different cuvées are assembled at the end of the second fermentation: the malolactic fermentation, in order to have a homogeneous wine very early."
Côte Rôtie is a prestigious red-wine appellation at the northern tip of France's Rhône Valley wine region. The Syrah vines on its steep, south-east-facing slopes produce wines which are both powerful and elegant. Improvements in quality have led to increases in demand for the wines – a cycle which turned so consistently that Côte Rôtie wines are now some of France's most sought-after and most expensive.
Situated immediately south of Vienne, the Côte Rôtie is the Rhone Valley's northernmost appellation, and one of its smallest. The parishes of Ampuis, Saint-Cyr-sur-le-Rhone and Tupin-et-Semons are the only three that may produce Côte Rôtie wines, and even within the parishes, only certain plots qualify for the appellation.
The steep hillsides (côtes) here rise sharply from the banks of the River Rhone to heights of 1150ft (330m). They form 10 narrow ridges no more than 2000ft (600m) wide, each separated from the next by a narrow, tree-lined gully. The ridges run roughly north-east to south-west, providing the sun-baked aspects that help to make the appellation's wines so rich and ripe. The very finest sites – the Côte Brune, Côte Blonde, La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque – are those immediately above Ampuis town.