Domaine Rene Rostaing 2017 'Ampodium' Cote-Rotie AOC
Item Number: 13686
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(%): 14.1
Historically referred to as the Cote Rotie "Classique," Rostaing's Ampodium is elegant, well-balanced and classic! Ampodium refers to the Provencal name for the famed village of Ampuis where the vines are planted. This cuvée is usually a blend of 13 different lieux-dits other than Landonne and Côte Blonde. Rostaing practices lutte raisonnée in the vineyard.
Winemaking Notes: Rostaing adapts his methods to the vintage. Grapes are manually harvested and generally not destemmed (10% max). Maceration lasts for around two weeks. He employs roto-fermenters, but only so he can break up the must, not to shorten macerations; the goal is to extract but keep the finesse. During maceration, the roto-fermenter turns about once every two or three days. Fermentation lasts another two weeks. When fermentation is very active, the roto-fermenter turns about 6 times a day. When it is less active, it turns less. All the Côte Rôties are aged in a mix of 225 and 500 liter barrels (about 10-15% new). The new wood remains minimal, so that it does not interfere with the terroir nor alter the fruit purity. The wine is bottled without fining or filtering.
Vintage Notes: 2017 is the third successive “great” vintage in an appellation that was once lucky to have 2 top vintages per decade.
Vintage Notes by Wine Advocate 12/2019: "The (mostly) bottled 2017s come across as more tannic and muscular than the 2016s, a difference Rostaing attributes to yields that were about 15% to 20% lower than the preceding vintage. The top wines should easily last for two decades. Finally, don't neglect the IGP and Languedoc offerings being made by Rostaing. Sure, by comparison to the family's top offerings from Côte Rôtie, they're mere teases, but they're tasty, fun-to-drink wines that typically sell for realistic prices."
(92-94)pts (2018 Vintage) Wine Advocate 12/19/2019
"Mostly blended but still in barrel, the 2018 Cote Rotie Ampodium is a terrific introduction to the Côte Rôties of Rostaing. Mulberries and licorice appear on the nose, followed by savory notes of espresso and black olives on the medium to full-bodied palate. It's silky, fine and complex, with a long, softly dusty finish."