Robert Parker 96
From a scorching-hot year and compared to the 1999 and the 2009 by Jamet, the jaw-droppingly good 1989 Cote Rotie is more muscular and savory than the more sweetly fruited 1990. Offering up tons of asphalt, beef blood, smoked earth and spice, as well as a core of gamy Syrah fruit, it’s fabulously textured, full-bodied, structured and has a killer finish. A big, bruiser style of Cote Rotie, it has another decade of prime drinking, and will hold for even longer.
Anticipated maturity: 2015-2025