Domaine Rene Rostaing 2017 Cote-Rotie, Cote Blonde, AOC

Domaine Rene Rostaing 2017 Cote-Rotie, Cote Blonde, AOC

Item Number: 13688

UPC: None

Country: France
Region: Rhone
Sub Region: Northern Rhone
Appellation/AVA: Cote-Rotie AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Côte Blonde
Vintage: 2017
Grape(s): 98% Syrah / 2% Viognier
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 6
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 14.5
Soil Type: Arzel composed of limestone, sand, schist and granite

John Livingstone-Learmonth, who has studied Côte-Rôtie intimately for four decades and published four books on Rhône wines, writes that he expects "greater liaison between Côte-Rôtie and Burgundy than I do between Côte-Rôtie and Hermitage." The term he chooses to describe Rostaing’s wines is Burgundian. The Rostaing wine that best fits this description is his Côte Blonde, whose magical intensity without heaviness calls to mind the Côte de Nuits' finest grands crus. In fact, Rostaing himself told Livingstone-Learmonth that he regards the Côte Blonde lieu-dit as "the Chambertin of Côte-Rôtie."

Vine Age: 40+ years old

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."

(97-99)pts (2018 Vintage) Wine Advocate 12/19/2019

"The most tannic of the "big three" bottlings this year, the 2018 Cote Rotie la Cote Blonde features elegant hints of mixed herbs entwined around bold boysenberry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with plentiful fine-grained tannins that firm up on the long finish. Embryonic, but oh so promising, it should blossom in another five years or so."

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 98 (12/19/2019)

    Even better than last year, the recently bottled 2017 Cote Rotie La Cote Blonde was singing when I tasted it back in July. Floral and berry notes accent mocha-tinged aromas in this medium to full-bodied wine. It's silky, long and intense, with a couple of decades of life ahead of it. It's simply difficult to describe the waves of savory complexity this wine now shows, coupled with a succulent texture and tremendous length.
  • Vinous
    Rating: (94-96) (7/15/2019)

    Deep, brilliant ruby color. A highly aromatic bouquet evokes ripe black/blue fruits, peony, exotic spices and smoky minerals. Smooth and focused on the palate, offering deeply concentrated, yet lively black raspberry, boysenberry floral pastille, spicecake flavors and building spiciness. Finishes smooth, sappy and impressively long, with chewy tannins lending shape and grip to lingering dark berry and floral tastes.
  • Vinous
    Rating: 95 (4/30/2020)

    Intense dark berry, floral and exotic spice aromas pick up smoky mineral, cola and incense nuances as the wine opens up. Deep-pitched black raspberry, cherry compote and blueberry flavors reveal suggestions of candied violet and star anise. Finishes extremely long and juicy, the steadily building tannins framing lingering blue fruit and floral notes.
  • Jeb Dunnuck
    Rating: 98 (12/12/2019)

    Just about perfection in a glass, the 2017 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde is more plush and sexy compared to the La Landonne and has a beautiful, incredibly floral character as well as notes of crème de cassis, mulberries, black raspberries, spice, and new crushed violets. Full-bodied, seamless, and polished, it’s an incredible expression of the Côte Blonde and has its own singular character. Drink it any time over the coming 20-25 years.