Côte Rôtie, Côte Blonde
    René Rostaing

    Côte Rôtie, Côte Blonde,



    René Rostaing, Côte Rôtie, Côte Blonde, 1996

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    René Rostaing, Côte Rôtie, Côte Blonde, 1996
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    Stephen Tanzer, Vinous
    The deepest, most saturated color of Rostaing's '96s, as well as the most complex on the nose. Aromas of black raspberry, violet, smoke and pepper. Fat and sweet but a bit disjointed today, with damp earth, pepper and herbal notes. As I recall, this was a difficult wine to taste last year from barrel as well. Today Rostaing prefers the Landonne, but he quick to note that the Cote Blonde is always his best wine in the long run.
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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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