Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie "Cote Blonde" 2018
(Northern Rhone, France) - [RP 97-99] [JD 97-99] [AG 96-97]
Regular price $225.00 Sale price $209.97 Save $15.03
Notes from the winemaker:Not counting the much larger Guigal domaine, RenÃ© Rostaing is the closest thing to a true cult star that CÃ´te-RÃ´tie has yet produced. A grower since 1971, his first vineyard purchases were a microscopic half acre each in CÃ´te Blonde and in La Landonne on the CÃ´te Brune.
RenÃ© Rostaing has, since 1991, emerged as one of the Northern RhÃ´neâ€™s most respected growers. Before turning to winemaking fulltime, Rostaing split his time between real estate and his small winery. Between 1991 and 1995, he assumed the vineyards of his uncle, the legendary Marius Gentaz, and his father-in-law, Albert Dervieux. From these two traditionalist titans, he also learned to value the noble qualities of classic CÃ´te RÃ´tie.
Ratings & Reviews:
97-99 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate:
"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." - Joe Czerwinski (19th Dec 2019)
97-99 Points - Jeb Dunnuck:
"A wine thatâ€™s going to push the upper limits of my scale, the 2018 CÃ´te RÃ´tie CÃ´te Blonde has a wonderful sense of opulence and elegance paired with huge minerality and power. Giving up primordial notes of perfectly ripe currants, new saddle leather, spice, and wildflowers, it has a magical texture, huge richness and depth, loads of tannins, and a huge finish. It made my pulse jump." - Jeb Dunnuck (12/12/2019)
96-97 Points - Vinous:
"Sexy, mineral-laced black raspberry, cherry compote and floral pastille aromas are complemented by exotic spice and olive flourishes. Sappy and precise on the palate, offering vibrant red and dark berry and candied violet flavors underscored by a seam of smoky minerality. Fine-grained, even tannins sneak in very slowly and meld seamlessly on the strikingly long finish, which leaves behind vibrant spice, red fruit liqueur and mineral notes. " - Josh Raynolds (May 2020)