Côte Rôtie, La Landonne
    René Rostaing

    Côte Rôtie, La Landonne,

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    René Rostaing, Côte Rôtie, La Landonne, 2016

    Justerini & Brooks Tasting note
    René Rostaing, Côte Rôtie, La Landonne, 2016

    True to type this is bigger-framed and bolder than the Ampodium. Statuesque as eve, but with more refinement than usual. Broad, voluptuous bramble and loganberry flavours, aromatic notes of violet and a twist of white pepper. A really suave and corpulent La Landonne with a large structure behind it. Fermented with whole bunches and aged in large demi-muid casks, a maximum of 10% of which are new.

    Maturity:
    Keep
    ABV:
    13.5%
    94/100
    Josh Raynolds, Vinous
    Dark purple. A deeply perfumed bouquet evokes ripe dark berries, cherry liqueur, incense and potpourri, while olive and exotic spice nuances build in the glass. Intense, alluringly sweet black and blue fruit, spicecake and violet pastille flavors show sharp delineation and a spine of juicy acidity. Closes extremely long and precise, displaying a smoky, intensifying mineral quality and youthfully gripping tannins that build steadily.
    Date Reviewed:
    09/2019

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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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