Domaine Rene Rostaing 2017 Cote-Rotie, La Landonne, AOC
Item Number: 13687
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Cote-Rotie AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: La Landonne
Grape(s): 100% Syrah
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Soil Type: Schist and dark, iron-rich granite
La Landonne has historically been considered one of the great lieux-dits of Côte Rôtie. But it was not until 1978 that it became known to the larger wine-drinking world. In that year, not one but two towering cuvees began to be made from it by Guigal and Rostaing, each a wine of power and longevity, owing the site’s location in the northern sector.
Vine Age: The vines are 100% Syrah (i.e., no Viognier), the oldest of which were planted in the 1920s and obtained from Marius Gentaz. The rest of the vines range in age from 10 to 70 years old. 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-liter 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."
(96-98)pts (2018 vintage) Wine Advocate 12/19/2019
"For the 2018 Cote Rotie la Landonne, Pierre Rostaing put together a blend from two barrels. Wow. Toast and mocha notes frame raspberries and blueberries in this medium to full-bodied offering. It's simultaneously rich, silky and concentrated. Packed with flavor and depth, it looks as if it will be approachable within a couple of years yet be capable of evolving for a couple of decades."