Domaine Rene Rostaing

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Country of Origin: France
Location: Ampuis, Northern Rhone
People: Rene Rostaing, Owner & Winemaker

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Domaine Rene Rostaing 2015 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC Login AG (91-93) WA 94 WS 93 In Stock
Domaine Rene Rostaing 2015 'La Landonne' Cote-Rotie AOC Login AG (94-96) WA 99+ WS 96 In Stock



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Not counting the much larger Guigal domaine, René Rostaing is the closest thing to a true cult star that Côte-Rôtie has yet produced. He started out in 1971 with just 1.16 acres of Côte-Rôtie vineyards, split between the Cote Blonde and La Landonne on the Cote Brune. Since that time, his holding have increased considerably; he inherited collectively 25 acres from his father-in-law Albert Dervieux-Thaize who was president of the Côte-Rôtie growers association for 33 years and from his uncle Marius Gentaz-Dervieux. This vineyard expansion enabled Rene to quit his day job in 1991 and to devote himself full time to winemaking.

In the late 1990's, Rene and his wife purchased a modest estate, Domaine Puech Chaud, in the Coteaux du Langudoc near Nimes. The cool micro-climate and limestone gravel of this zine produces one of the Midi's most beautiful Syrah-based wines. Apart from Guigal, Rostaing may have the finest vineyard holdings in Côte-Rôtie. He works 20+ ha, in 14 lieux-dits, including 1.6 ha in La Landonne, 1.5 ha in Fongeant, and 1.2 ha in La Viallière. A majority of the vines were planted in the 1960s and 1970s, but some of the Viallière vines exceed 100 years old! In addition, he has a choice 1.0 ha in Condrieu, and works a 10 ha site in the Côteaux du Languedoc.

He uses traditional techniques and modern technology. Rostaing adapts his methods to the vintage. Grapes can be destemmed or not. Maceration can vary from 7-20 days. All the Côte-Rôties are aged in a mix of 225 and 500 liter barrels (about 20% new). The Condrieu is fermented and aged in stainless steel.

When you think of René Rostaing, it is impossible not to think of the Cote-Rotie style and extra richness of the South, elegant, yet concentrated; expressive, but subtle; hedonistic, but cerebral.

Vinous Media 3/2016
"Because of the frighteningly low yields (40% of normal) at Côte-Rôtie in 2014, René Rostaing opted to make a single bottling, his entry-level Ampodium, but 'not because of a lack of quality,' he said. 'On the contrary, it's a very good vintage,' one that he compares to 2006. To illustrate his point, Rostaing opened a bottle of his '06 Côte Blonde at the conclusion of our tasting. It is showing impressive finesse and detail, displaying lively red and dark berry character and suave finishing florality. It's just hitting its drinking window, in my opinion, but Rostaing says it's fully ready to drink, adding that he has 'always preferred to err on the side of youth when drinking any red wine. When they get old, even if they're from a great terroir and a great vintage, they've mostly lost their distinction and just taste like really good aged red wine.' When I reminded him that he told me the same thing when I first visited here in July 1989, he laughed and said that he likes to be consistent and isn't quick to change his opinions. He also pointed out that "7%, maybe 8% new oak is the rule here, and no oak for Condrieu, because the goal is purity and elegance, and wood is a distraction."

Wine Advocate 2/2015
"René Rostaing’s Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde is the smallest production of Rene’s three cuvees (Ampodium, Landonne and Côte Blonde) and comes from his roughly 1 hectare (roughly 2.5 acres) of holdings in the Côte Blonde lieu-dit. This vines here were planted both in 1934, and then later in 1970-1971. It’s the only cuvee to incorporate Viognier, and this variety makes up roughly 3-5% of the blend. While René destemmed more in the past, today, he keeps destemming to a minimum and aging occurs in mostly older demi-muid, with 15-20% being new. There’s a scant 500 cases in most vintages, and it’s certainly one of the Icon wines from the northern Rhône."

International Wine Cellar 3/2013

"Drawing comparisons of the three most recent vintages, he summed things up this way: '2010 is a perfect balance of sun and terroir, 2009 is more about sun, and 2011 is more about terroir. That's why 2010 is the great one."

Reviews

  • Rostaing 2015 'La Landonne' Cote-Rotie AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (94-96) (3/1/2016)

    Powerful black and blue fruit and candied licorice aromas are lifted and sharpened by peppery spice and smoky mineral notes. Coats the palate with concentrated, smoke-tinged blueberry, cherry liqueur and fruitcake flavors that become more energetic with air. Shows plush, seamless texture and finishes impressively long and sappy; chewy tannins build slowly and wrap around the intense dark fruit.
  • Rostaing 2015 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (91-93) (3/1/2016)

    Sexy, mineral-driven aromas of ripe red and dark berries, candied flowers and Indian spices show excellent clarity and lift. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy, nicely concentrated black raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of allspice. A subtle olive nuance arrives with air and carries through a long, youthfully tannic finish.
  • Rostaing 2015 'La Landonne' Cote-Rotie AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 99+ (12/29/2017)

    Am I being stingy in only awarding Rostaing's 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne 99+ points? This is a tremendous wine, showing immense richness and power without any apparent weight. Raspberries flood the palate in waves, accented by various spices in a wine that's intensely tannic yet never hard or astringent. Breathtaking stuff.
  • Rostaing 2015 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (12/29/2017)

    Bottled in July, the 2015 Cote Rotie Ampodium is fairly full-bodied and quite rich. The black olive and raspberry notes verge on being jammy but are balanced by peppery spice and firm, savory tannins. Give it 5 years in the cellar to settle down, and drink it over the next decade and a half or more. For an entry-level wine, it's remarkable.
  • Rostaing 2016 'Les Lezardes' Viognier, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (12/29/2017)

    The medium-bodied, facile 2016 IGP Collines Rhodaniennes Les Lezardes Viognier comes from vineyards just outside the appellations of Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie. It offers modest flavors of toasted almond, fresh apricots and a dry, spicy finish.
  • Rostaing 2015 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (2/14/2018)

    A bright flash of white pepper gives way to bay leaf, crushed bitter plum and raspberry coulis flavors, with a sleek iron edge. Racy and youthfully taut, but shows ample stuffing for cellaring. Best from 2020 through 2035.
  • Rostaing 2015 'La Landonne' Cote-Rotie AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 96 (2/14/2018)

    A broad and deep wine, filled with dark fig, blackberry and boysenberry compote flavors that are layered with graphite, warm ganache and smoldering tobacco flavors. A warm cast iron notes echoes resoundingly through the finish, which is laden with serious grip. Best from 2023 through 2040.