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Specifications

Colour:

Red

Producer:

René Rostaing

Region:

Rhône

Appellation:

Côte Rôtie

Grape Type:

Syrah/Shiraz

Côte Rôtie, Côte Blonde, 2009

12x75cl £1,850.00

1 case

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12x75cl £1,890.00

1 case

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Tasting Note:

Côte Blonde is famed for producing the most elegant wines of Côte-Rôtie, often with a dollop of Viognier included in the final blend. Rene’s cuvée can have up to 5% Viognier in it but its influence seems to be largely negligible save for a gentle floral note on the nose, for this is Rostaing’s most powerful, concentrated and complex wine. The 2009 was 50% de-stalked, more than the classic cuvée, as the grapes that tend to come from this vineyard are so high in tannins anyway. Big floral and very classy, a deep, kaleidoscopic wine, this will benefit from several years cellaring. The flavours get more and more complex the longer it sits in the glass, notes of mulberry, crème de cassis, white pepper, mineral, violet, plums, tight packed and firm but velvety, just as this hints at the exotic it retreats into something more composed, so many expressions in the glass yet so harmonious and hauntingly long. Stunning.

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