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First and foremost René Rostaing is a Côte Rôtie Specialist. He is renowned for producing tiny quantities of extraordinarily refined Côte Rôtie wines, which in the words of Robert Parker are "reminiscent of Grand Cru Burgundy in their delicacy, elegance and sublime qualities." René started out in 1971, with less than half a hectare of Côte Rôtie vineyards split between the Côte Blonde and La Landonne. His breakthrough was in 1990 when he inherited highly prized vineyards from his...
- 100 Points -
I give Rostaing's 2015 Cote Rotie La Cote Blonde the slightest of edges over the La Landonne for its more aromatic, floral nose. It shows that same unfathomable depth and richness married to a sense of weightlessness and elegance that marks the La Landonne, and it also shows those wonderfully pure raspberry flavors. It's lush, velvety and incredibly long on the finish. Collectors fortunate enough to grab some of each will have great fun comparing the two over the next 30 years or so.See detailed press review
- 98 Points -
No destemming, aged in demi-muid, a maximum of 10% new oak. The first vintage vinified by Pierre, René’s son. Incredible, soaring, high-toned nose: black peppercorn, rubbed thyme and rosemary, a spellbinding nose. Super-fine tannins, but actually quite loaded for the CôteBlonde, but not overdone. Stays intense and lifted on the palate. Incredible drive and length. This is always a domaine whose wines strongly reflect the vintage - and in 2015, that’s a very good thing. 2022-2039See detailed press review