Domaine Rene Rostaing 2016 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
Item Number: 12160
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Cote-Rotie AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Winemaking Notes: This cuvée is usually a blend of 13 different lieux-dits other than Landonne and Côte Blonde. Ampodium is made using traditional vinification methods, which includes wild yeast fermentation. Stem inclusion and length of maceration depend on the vintage. The wine ages in a mix of 225-liter and 500-liter barrels (about 20% new). It is bottled without fining or filtering.
About the Name: Ampodium refers to the Provencal name for the famed village of Ampuis where the vines are planted.
Vintage Notes: There’s not much we can add to all the superlatives already heaped upon the Northern Rhône’s 2016 vintage. They are complete wines with ripe fruit but great precision, and Pierre’s 2016s have it all. René’s son Pierre started taking over the winemaking in 2015.
Vinous (June 2018)
“René Rostaing tells me he thinks of 2016 as ‘the definition of Côte-Rôtie. The vintage personality is made of finesse, freshness and detail, with power but not weight.’ He finds the wines to be ‘fine but not delicate, or fragile at all’ and thinks they will age gracefully ‘but be attractive throughout their lives, without ever really closing up.’ While Rostaing respects 2015 for its ‘depth, power and structure’ he believes ‘2016 to be a truer Côte-Rôtie vintage’ because of the aforementioned freshness and elegance, attributes that ‘make the appellation unique in the Northern Rhône.’ Rostaing adds ‘ripe vintages may make impressive wines but too often they obscure terroir and finesse.’ Note that because of the quality of the 2016 vintage Rostaing made the La Vialliere bottling for the first time since 1986. There is also a ‘16 Côte-Brune, which had only been bottled by itself in 2013.”
Wine Advocate (December 2017)
“The 2016s are classically proportioned and silky in style, without lacking depth or richness.”