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Rostaing's highest-scoring Cote Rotie Ampodium
10 January 2018

The Rhône is awash with great quality wines at reasonable prices but René Rostaing’s Côte Rôtie Ampodium stands out from the crowd. The 2015 stepped into the limelight with the 2010 when recently given its joint highest ever score by The Wine Advocate (94 points, Joe Czerwinski, issue 234 www.robertparker.com)

It has long been a favourite at Justerini & Brooks. René Rostaing is a revered name amongst Rhône lovers and there is no doubt that his La Landonne and Côte Blonde single vineyard cuvées are some of the region’s most sought-after wines, but it is the Ampodium that speaks most articulately of Côte Rôtie’s history and tradition as a blended wine. This is no second wine, rather a blend of prime parcels (including the wonderful La Viaillère and Tupin) whose whole is even greater than the sum of its very fine parts. Faithful to it's schistous origins this is a vivid, tense and mineral wine offset but the unctuous ripeness of the vintage, which adds a certain class and depth. It is incredibly suave and polished but bright and lively, too, just like René himself! Offering expressive, beautifully-scented crushed ripe forest berry notes mixed with flavours of plum, cassis and pepper. A very distinguished Côte Rôtie indeed.

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