Guy Breton, Regnie, 2009
This is good, very good, and highly enjoyable, yet without the vivacity, suppleness and succulence that make me sit up and pay attention to a Beaujolais Cru. But the black cherry and dusty aromatics are very cool indeed, and the purity of fruit makes for a delicious, if not complex drop.
St. Cosme, Cote-Rotie, 2004
The nose is a very proper expression of the North Rhone, with black pepper and just a hint of bacon. The palate is highly yummy, with a delicate touch of salinity on the finish. Methinks there is a touch of Viognier in there, will have to google it.
This is about 50 USD, thus excellent value for Cote Rotie. And so was the Breton, at 25.
PS. I googled St. Cosme. Couldn't find anything about the plots and grapes used for the Cote Rotie, but the during the search, it hit me. This is a Gigondas-based domaine, yet despite that, they produced a very classical Cote Rotie.