Domaine Rene Rostaing 2016 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC

Domaine Rene Rostaing 2016 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC

Item Number: 12160

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Cote-Rotie AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vintage: 2016
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
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).

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.”

Reviews

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.