90 Points Robert Parker
The 1998 Cote Rotie Les Grandes Places (100% Syrah aged in barrel, of which 50% is new) is a backward, dense, full-bodied effort with copious quantities of black currant and smoky raspberry fruit interwoven with toasty new oak, spice box, and earth. Deep, tannic, and muscular, this impressive effort is not yet ready for current consumption. Anticipated maturity: 2003-2016.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Robert M. Parker, Jr. February, 2001