Domaine Rene Rostaing

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

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Domaine Rene Rostaing 2017 'La Bonnette' Condrieu AOC Login JD 92 WS 93 In Stock
Domaine Rene Rostaing 2017 'Les Lezardes' Viognier, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Login JD 89 In Stock
Domaine Rene Rostaing 2018 'Les Lezardes' Viognier, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes Login
Domaine Rene Rostaing 2016 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC Login WA (91-93) AG (91-93) JD 91-93 JD 93 WS 94 AG 93 In Stock
Domaine Rene Rostaing 2017 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC Login
Domaine Rene Rostaing 2017 Cote-Rotie, Cote Blonde, AOC Login
Domaine Rene Rostaing 2017 Cote-Rotie, La Landonne, AOC Login



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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 9/2019
"Although René Rostaing is officially retired and his 36-year-old son, Pierre, is now fully in charge of the domaine, he still has a presence here, since, as he told me, he lives “just across the street and it’s a small village.” From what I’ve seen, Pierre’s wines, these 2016s being a prime example, show an even greater degree of finesse than those made by his father, which were very elegant themselves. One could understandably attribute that to the general character of the 2016 vintage, but I also saw it come through in the 2017s and 2018s that I tasted from barrel before going through the 2016s. If Rostaing wasn’t on your shopping list before – and it should have been – then it really ought to be on there now."

Vinous 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 2016 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: (91-93) (12/1/2017)

    I tasted from a barrel that Rostaing said represented something “close to the final blend” of the 2016 Côte-Rôtie Ampodium. This medium-bodied wine features classic notes of violets, spice and raspberries and has ample flesh covering its silky, tea-like backbone of ripe tannins. It should drink well young.
  • Rostaing 2016 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: (91-93) (6/1/2018)

    Expressive black and blue fruit, floral pastille and peppery spice aromas display a bright mineral quality and a suggestion of woodsmoke. Intense blueberry and bitter cherry flavors show excellent clarity and spicy lift, picking up star anise and cola nuances on the back half. Delivers a serious punch of dark fruit flavor but comes off surprisingly lithe, and finishes with smooth tannins and strong tenacity.
  • Rostaing 2016 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 91-93 (1/24/2018)

    Moving to the 2016s from barrel, this late vintage wasn’t completely brought in until the middle of October. The 2016 Côte Rôtie Ampodium has the purity and elegance that’s the hallmark of the vintage as well as ripe berry fruits, violets, and pepper. It’s a charming, forward 2016 that’s going to drink nicely right out of the gate.
  • Rostaing 2017 'Les Lezardes' Viognier, Vin de Pays des Collines Rhodaniennes
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 89 (12/20/2018)

    Starting with the 2017 Les Lézardes Blanc, it has terrific Viognier character in its floral, peach, and apricot aromas and flavors. This medium-bodied, light, elegant white just begs to be drunk, and it should keep for a year or three.
  • Rostaing 2017 'La Bonnette' Condrieu AOC
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 92 (12/20/2018)

    The 2017 Condrieu Bonnett is brilliant stuff, and one of the fresher, crisper Condrieu in the vintage. White peach, citrus zest, and vibrant floral notes all emerge from this medium-bodied, bright, juicy effort that still has plenty of sweet Viognier fruit and texture. It’s going to keep for 3-5 years.
  • Rostaing 2016 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
    Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 93 (12/20/2018)

    This beautiful, silky, incredibly elegant wine has classic notes of red and black fruits, spring flowers, hints of bacon fat as well as green olive. Medium-bodied, about as graceful and elegant as they come, with sweet tannins and a great finish, it’s a no-brainer purchase to drink over the coming 10-15 years. I followed this bottle for two days and it does best with a decant if drinking any time soon.
  • Rostaing 2017 'La Bonnette' Condrieu AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (2/20/2019)

    Plump and friendly, with peach, nectarine, almond and white ginger notes laced up with a jasmine thread on the fleshy but fresh finish. Drink now through 2023.
  • Rostaing 2016 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94 (2/20/2019)

    This is very solidly built, nearly bristling with briary energy along the edges while the core of steeped plum, cherry and currant fruit cruises through. Mouthwatering savory, tobacco and olive notes score the finish, all set against a lovely floral accent in the background. Best from 2022 through 2036.
  • Rostaing 2016 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (9/4/2019)

    Expressive aromas of ripe blackberry, boysenberry, licorice and olive paste show very good clarity and pick up a smoky nuance as the wine stretches out. Juicy and energetic on the palate, offering concentrated black and blue fruit flavors complemented by a building floral pastille note. Shows noticeable weight on the broad, gently tannic finish, which echoes the dark berry and licorice notes.