Domaine Rostaing 2017 Cote-Rotie, La Landonne, AOC

Domaine Rostaing 2017 Cote-Rotie, La Landonne, AOC

Item Number: 13687

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Cote-Rotie AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: La Landonne
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Soil Type: Schist and dark, iron-rich granite

La Landonne has historically been considered one of the great lieux-dits of Côte Rôtie. But it was not until 1978 that it became known to the larger wine-drinking world. In that year, not one but two towering cuvees began to be made from it by Guigal and Rostaing, each a wine of power and longevity, owing the site’s location in the northern sector.

Vine Age: The vines are 100% Syrah (i.e., no Viognier), the oldest of which were planted in the 1920s and obtained from Marius Gentaz. The rest of the vines range in age from 10 to 70 years old. Rostaing practices lutte raisonnée in the vineyard.

Winemaking Notes: Rostaing adapts his methods to the vintage. Grapes are manually harvested and generally not destemmed (10% max). Maceration lasts for around two weeks. He employs roto-fermenters, but only so he can break up the must, not to shorten macerations; the goal is to extract but keep the finesse. During maceration, the roto-fermenter turns about once every two or three days. Fermentation lasts another two weeks. When fermentation is very active, the roto-fermenter turns about 6 times a day. When it is less active, it turns less. All the Côte Rôties are aged in a mix of 225-liter and 500-liter barrels (about 10-15% new). The new wood remains minimal, so that it does not interfere with the terroir nor alter the fruit purity. The wine is bottled without fining or filtering.

Vintage Notes: 2017 is the third successive "great" vintage in an appellation that was once lucky to have 2 top vintages per decade.

Vintage Notes by Wine Advocate 12/2019: "The (mostly) bottled 2017s come across as more tannic and muscular than the 2016s, a difference Rostaing attributes to yields that were about 15% to 20% lower than the preceding vintage. The top wines should easily last for two decades. Finally, don't neglect the IGP and Languedoc offerings being made by Rostaing. Sure, by comparison to the family's top offerings from Côte Rôtie, they're mere teases, but they're tasty, fun-to-drink wines that typically sell for realistic prices."

(96-98)pts (2018 vintage) Wine Advocate 12/19/2019
"For the 2018 Cote Rotie la Landonne, Pierre Rostaing put together a blend from two barrels. Wow. Toast and mocha notes frame raspberries and blueberries in this medium to full-bodied offering. It's simultaneously rich, silky and concentrated. Packed with flavor and depth, it looks as if it will be approachable within a couple of years yet be capable of evolving for a couple of decades."


97pts (2018 vintage) Decanter 4/12/2020
"As for all Rostaing's Côte-Rôties: 18 months in oak, limited new oak, natural yeasts, and as many stems as possible--100% in this case. Fresh juniper and black pepper aromas. Dense tannic base, plush texture with exceptional finesse. Log finish, no excessive alcohol. A fruity and approachable Landonne. Drink 2026-2040. "

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (95-97) (12/19/2019)

    In tank and awaiting bottling when I tasted it, the 2017 Cote Rotie la Landonne has smoothed out and added complexity in the past year. It now shows classic savory, meaty, la Landonne character and plenty of mocha goodness. It's medium to full-bodied, lush and velvety on the mid-palate, then finishes long and tannic.
  • Vinous
    Rating: (93-95) (7/15/2019)

    Dark purple. Mineral- and spice-accented blackberry, cherry compote and violet on the deeply perfumed nose. Shows superb depth as well as energy on the palate, offering sweet blackcurrant, cherry and candied violet flavors that are complemented by smoky bacon and cracked pepper nuances. Closes smoky, broad and very long, displaying repeating mineral, floral qualities and youthful tannic grip.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 94 (4/30/2020)

    Inky ruby. Spice-accented blackberry, cherry preserve, pipe tobacco and licorice on the deeply perfumed nose; a sexy floral topnote gains strength as the wine opens up. Sweet, spicy and penetrating, displaying velvety texture to the ripe dark berry, cherry and fruitcake flavors. Shows superb clarity and finishes smoky and impressively long, with mounting tannins and a lingering suggestion of candied violet.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 97+ (12/12/2019)

    I loved the 2017 Côte Rôtie La Landonne, a magical expression of the Grand Cru terroir. Deep purple-hued with killer notes of black raspberries, bacon fat, ground herbs, and obvious minerality, this beauty is full-bodied, has ultra-fine tannins, a deep, concentrated midpalate, and a finish that won’t quit. Do your best to hold bottles for 4-5 years.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94 (9/30/2020)

    This has an old-school persona, with a dusty sandalwood and cedar frame around a mix of mulled plum and black cherry fruit, showing bay leaf, leather and savory notes. A smoldering dark earth accent runs through the finish. Best from 2022 through 2038.