Offered MAY 2nd, 2017

Rene Rostaing is one of Cote Rotie’s finest classical producers. His first vintage 1971 was made from a tiny parcel of vines in the Cote Blonde vineyard, but it was not until the mid-1980s that his wines were more widely discovered. His original plot of vines in Cote Blonde came from his grandfather (also a respected winemaker), and in 1977 he was able to add another small quarter hectare of vines in the La Landonne vineyard and produce his first bottling that vintage.

His wife, Christiane also comes from a winegrowing family – her father Albert Dervieux was the President of the Cote Rotie growers syndicate for over thirty years of his long career, and is also considered one of the finest producers in the region during the post-war years. As well, her uncle was the famous Marius Gentaz of Domaine Gentaz-Dervieux, the finest of all producers in this region during the course of his long and illustrious career. Both of these gentlemen, upon their retirements, handed over the reins of their parcels to Rostaing, and today he has some of the largest holdings of old vines in several of the very finest vineyards in Cote Rotie.

Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Cuvee Ampodium 2014
12 bottles available, $60 per bottle

(92-94) points Vinous: “Youthful violet. Vibrant, spice- and mineral-laced black and blue fruit scents show excellent focus and pick up suggestions of cola and violet with air. Sappy, concentrated and pure, offering juicy blueberry and boysenberry flavors firmed by a spine of tangy acidity. Blends power and vivacity with a deft hand and finishes very long and minerally, with supple tannins building steadily and in harmony with the wine’s fruit. All of the fruit from Rostaing’s Côte Blonde and La Landonne holdings are in this bottling this vintage.”

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