200 dollars: "la Mordoree" Cote Rotie 2007
NEW ERA WINE SCORES GRAND TOTAL: 86.5 points. Highly recommended. A complete luxury-wine. Exceptional now, exceptional future prospects.
Producer: Michel Chapoutier
Region: Côte Rôtie, France.
Grape varieties: Shiraz.
Closure: Natural cork.
Certification: Organic and biodynamic.
Price per bottle: $200 from The Other Bordeaux http://www.theotherbordeaux.com.au/red_wine/200_dollars_la_mordoree_cote_rotie_2007
1)Aromatic intensity, up to 5 points.
4.5 points. Alarming intensity!
2) Aromatic complexity, up to 5 points.
5 points. VERY DEEP wine.
3)Aromatic attractiveness, up to 20 points.
19 points. Close to perfection. Just close your eyes and revel in this!
4)Palate intensity, up to 5 points.
4.5 points. Has “attack”.
5)"Mouthscape" or "palate complexity", i.e. how much of an interesting experience in the mouth a wine delivers, up to 5 points.
3.5 points. Nothing outrageous just the classic essentials with emphasis.
6)Drinkability, i.e. how much the wine's total taste characteristics leave you thirsting for more, up to 20 points.
17 points. Fresh finesse.
7)The morning-after test, i.e. how this wine looks on the second day after opening and beyond, up to 5 points.
3 points, provisional. This wine was opened for a tasting and there was none left the morning after to assess how it would hold up for you. Would probably do better than this but without having put it to the test I can’t give it a numerical score above this.
8)Cellarability, up to 10 points.
9 points. Highly cellarable. Drink now to 2030+
9)Individuality or how distinct the personality of a particular wine is, up to 10 points.
8 points. Not a wild eccentric but it has the uniqueness of Côte Rôtie.
10) Look, packaging, label, up to 5 points.
4 points. Not highly original but looks very smart.
11) Environmental credentials, story, philosophy, history, brand weight, up to 10 points.
8 points. Certified organic and biodynamic and all the kudos of Chapoutier and Côte Rôtie.
12) SUBTOTAL: Add together the individual scores from points 1 to 11, above. Subtotal is scored out of 100 possible points.
1 Value-for-money, take SUBTOTAL and divide by price to give X, then multiply X by 2. 2X is the value for money score.
2 The grand total NEWS value for a given wine is the product of SUBTOTAL + the value-for-money score.
Below 70: May have outstanding features but also some drawbacks and I couldn’t recommend it in confidence.
80-89 highly recommended
90+ points: Remarkable wine. Theoretically a score over 100 is possible once the value-for-money factor is taken into account. Something around 105 would be the upper limit of perfection.