François et Fils Côte-Rôtie

France | 2016

£44.99 £39.99 a bottle

Only 395 cases produced of this beauty. To find a Côte-Rôtie of this quality – and at this price – is really exciting. Fine, deep coloured and an exotic, smoky nose with notes of apple wood, black olive and blackberry. Really gracious on the palate. Overall very well balanced, long and refined – really satisfying and frankly irresistible!

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Côte-Rôtie is one of the greatest appellations of the Northern Rhône region. Syrah and, ironically, the white Viognier grape are the only varieties allowed to be grown in ‘the area‘. Many producers chose to solely use Syrah, although they can include up to 20% Viognier in the blend (although few, if any, would use this amount), it is believed that the two sub-regions Côte Blonde and Côte Brune were named after the blonde and brown haired daughters of a local lord, each having very different personalities; likewise, the wines of each also have different characteristics.


The François family have been traditional farmers for four generations – their main activity is making farmhouse cheeses from the milk from their twenty-five cows, which they sell at local markets across the Rhône Valley. They began bottling their own Côte-Rôtie in 1991, expanding it further when their son Yoann joined the business in 2004. Today, the François family owns four hectares in Côte-Rôtie. Grapes from the young vines are sold to ‘négociants’ or are used for their earlier drinking IGP Syrah. Only the best and most expressive grapes are used to make their Côte-Rôtie.

Grape Variety

100% Syrah

The grapes for this wine are sourced from the ‘Les Rochains‘ and ‘Le Bourrier‘ parcels, both in the ‘Côte Brune area. ‘Each batch is vinified seperately, aged for 18 months in oak barrels (30% new) and then blended before bottling to achieve balance and complexity.

Food Match

Food match should not be too rich, but savoury – for example a simply cooked rack of new season’s lamb, or roast quail with chipolatas and pancetta.

Suitable for vegans and vegetarians.

Alcohol Percentage


Additional information




Medium Bodied Reds

Grape Variety

Country of Origin


Vegetarian, Vegan

Food Pairing

Red Meats, Roast Lamb

Alcohol Percentage



Northern Rhône