Côte Rôtie, Ampodium
    René Rostaing

    Côte Rôtie, Ampodium,

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    René Rostaing, Côte Rôtie, Ampodium, 2015

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    René Rostaing, Côte Rôtie, Ampodium, 2015

    Incredibly suave and polished but bright and lively too, just like Rene himself! Expressive, beautifully-scented crushed ripe forest berry flavours, a touch of plum, cassis and pepper. Gripping but smooth, ripe but racy. A very distinguished Cote Rotie indeed. A blend of top quality vineyards across the estate including Tupin and Viaillere, all fermented with whole bunches and aged in large demi-muid casks, a maximum of 10% of which are new.

    Maturity:
    Keep
    ABV:
    13.5%
    92/100
    Josh Raynolds, Vinous
    Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed, displaying ripe dark berry, olive and violet scents energized by a peppery spice nuance. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet blackberry and cherry liqueur flavors and allspice and camphor notes. Supple tannins sneak in late and fold smoothly into the lush dark fruit on the clinging finish.
    Date Reviewed:
    04/2018

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    country:
    France
    region:
    Rhone
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    René Rostaing

    René Rostaing

    René’s vineyard fervour, traditional whole bunch fermentation technique and favoured use of 600 litre demi-muid casks which don’t stamp too much wood flavour onto the wine, have for years resulted in some of the Côte Rôtie’s most intense, vital and sought-after wines. His son Pierre took the helm since the 2015 vintage and looks to be filling some qute big shoes. He has kept his father's style, 90-100% whole bunch ferment and less than 10% new oak ageing, whilst adding additional precision and intensity to the wines. The Cuvée Ampodium is a blend dominated by the produce of La Viaillère and Tupin that always shows a hallmark refinement and juiciness. His La Landonne is typically muscular and backward when young that after 8+ years develops into a whole spectrum of savoury meat and hedgerow fruit flavours. However, his flagship wine, Côte Blonde goes against the grain of the widespread clichés about the effeminacy and delicacy of Côte Blonde wines. Although it does benefit from the floral effects of the 2-3% Viognier added to the blend, its density and concentration requires a barrel maturation longer than the others and at least ten years bottle age is needed before it is approached. Chiselled and intense, it offers a saline chalk note to the brambly fruit. This has become one of the most respected estates in the region.

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