A true stunner of a red, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Lancement is without a doubt the finest Syrah I’ve ever tasted from anywhere. Black raspberries, plum, vanilla spice, dried flowers, and classic Côte Rôtie meatiness all emerge from this full-bodied, powerful, concentrated effort that stays perfectly balanced, light on its feet, and graceful. This is what great Côte Rôtie from the iron-rich, schist soils of the Côte Brune is all about! Drink it anytime over the coming 20-25 years. And if you have the patience to wait, Garon's Lancement will pay serious dividends with increased complexity of flavors and textures as the years go on. But it's already beautifully balanced and packed with everything that you could ask for from an expertly crafted Côte Rôtie. Simply marvelous!