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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...
The Rhône Valley is one of France’s great wine-producing regions. Stretching from just south of Lyon to Provence, the valley’s numerous "Appellations d'Origine Contrôlées" follow the course of the river down from Côte Rôtie to Châteauneuf du Pape.
- 97 Points -
Matt Walls, October 2017
Aged in demi-muids - a maximum of 10% new oak - with no destemming. It has that austere mineral character on the nose so typical of La Landonne. It is rounded, with good concentration and ripeness, matched with ample, piercing acidity and bristling with fine, fresh tannins. Its intensity comes primarily from its structure and mineral content rather than the fruit, and it is incredibly energetic and lively on the palate. Powerful and very well balanced in a structural, chiselled style, this is in an altogether different league from his Ampodium, with a good balance of fruit, flowers and mineral scents.See detailed press review
- 97 Points -
Subtle notes of baking spices frame hints of tea, olives and raspberries on the nose of the 2016 Cote Rotie la Landonne. A paragon of elegance, it's medium to full-bodied, but silky from start to lingering finish. It's a wine that's pretty much guaranteed to make even the steeliest curmudgeon smile, as it's so bright, ephemeral and luscious. It's not the rich, ripe wine the 2015 is, but it's suave, complex and long.See detailed press review
- 95 Points -
Red Well-built, with lots of juicy plum, blackberry and black currant compote flavors at the core infused with anise, roasted apple wood, licorice and black tea notes. The finish is scored with a cast-iron note, keeping everything grounded.See detailed press review