Overview of the Wine
Domaine Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde is a red wine made with the Syrah and Viognier varieties in the AOC Côte-Rôtieby Domaine Rostaing.
Located in Ampuis, Domaine Rostaing is a winery internationally renowned for its Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu and Languedocwines. A total of 7 hectares of vineyards with different soils, strains and sun exposure that allow them to produce a wide variety of high quality wines. Run by René Rostaing and his son Pierre, their creations are notable for being a direct reflection of the terroir. However, they are not well known in their home country because, by having such good reviews from the wine critic Robert Parker, the product runs out before it can build a reputation in France.
In the vineyard, Domaine Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde is traditionally cultivated whilst also taking into account the characteristics of each plot. The different soils, the age of the strains and sun exposure determine the way the vines are cultivated. Once the clusters reach optimum ripeness, they are harvested manually.
When the Domaine Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde grape reaches the winery, it is not destemmed. Winemaking is carried out separately and alcoholic fermentation happens spontaneously with native yeasts. It is then aged in oak barrels, only 10% of which are new. Finally the wine is bottled without being filtered.
Domaine Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde is the red wine that best reflects the ways of working in one of the most typical Côte-Rôtie wineries.
Domaine Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde 2017 is a concentrated red wine with red fruits, spices and notes of liquorice on the nose. The palate is dense, with a good concentration of red fruit and beautifully fragrant juniper. It has a good acidity that leads to a long, saline and penetrating finish.
Red wine Aged in wood Respectful agriculture.
97-99 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The most tannic of the 'big three' bottlings this year, the 2018 Côte Rôtie la Côte Blonde features elegant hints of mixed herbs entwined around bold boysenberry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with plentiful fine-grained tannins that firm up on the long finish. Embryonic, but oh so promising, it should blossom in another five years or so.
98 Poins - Jeb Dunnuck
Just about perfection in a glass, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde is more plush and sexy compared to the La Landonne and has a beautiful, incredibly floral character as well as notes of crème de cassis, mulberries, black raspberries, spice, and new crushed violets. Full-bodied, seamless, and polished, it’s an incredible expression of the Côte Blonde and has its own singular character.
97 Points - Decanter
The winemaking at Domaine Rostaing is now in the hands of René's son Pierre, and it follows the same format for all the Côte-Rôties: four weeks in tank, 18 months in mostly old oak, natural yeasts, and as many stems as possible. A certain spice and perfume is contained within a dark, brooding mass, which has really fragrant, lifted, sweet berry fruit. There's considerable tangy berry acidity and blackberry-skin tannins, and it shows a good sense of refinement despite the remarkably powerful sinew. A very long, well balanced finish. Give it time. Drinking Window 2026 - 2039.
95 Points - Vinous
Saturated violet. Intense dark berry, floral and exotic spice aromas pick up smoky mineral, cola and incense nuances as the wine opens up. Deep-pitched black raspberry, cherry compote and blueberry flavors reveal suggestions of candied violet and star anise. Finishes extremely long and juicy, the steadily building tannins framing lingering blue fruit and floral notes.
Product size: 750ml
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