1998 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde Côte-Rôtie Rhône France Wine Tasting Note

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1998 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 96
Long, exotic, rich, full and deep, the sensually-textured, red fruits fill your palate, lingering and expanding. This is drinking in the sweet spot today. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle in your cellar, now is the time to be drinking it.

Long, exotic, rich, full and deep, the sensually-textured, red fruits fill your palate, lingering and expanding. This is drinking in the sweet spot today. If you are lucky enough to have a bottle in your cellar, now is the time to be drinking it.

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If you are a Cote Rotie fan, this is a must-have for your cellar. Silky, sexy, bright and fresh, the wine gets your attention from the start, with its smoky, herb, spice and red berry nose continuing through to the sensuous, long, rich palate filling finish. No need to decant, just get to it!

If you are a Cote Rotie fan, this is a must-have for your cellar. Silky, sexy, bright and fresh, the wine gets your attention from the start, with its smoky, herb, spice and red berry nose continuing through to the sensuous, long, rich palate filling finish. No need to decant, just get to it!

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Silky, sexy, ripe, polished fruit, intoxicating aromas and a long, opulent finish that has moved into the prime time drinking window. Popped and poured, it was delicious. If you have a bottle, I would not do much more than splash decant this beauty and let it evolve in the glass.

Silky, sexy, ripe, polished fruit, intoxicating aromas and a long, opulent finish that has moved into the prime time drinking window. Popped and poured, it was delicious. If you have a bottle, I would not do much more than splash decant this beauty and let it evolve in the glass.

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This beautiful, sensuous Cote Rotie is packed with licorice, earth, sweet kirsch and floral aromas, exotic textures and a long, supple, fresh, red berry and spice finish. This is right in the sweet spot. If you cannot afford one of the Guigal La La's, this is the wine to buy.

This beautiful, sensuous Cote Rotie is packed with licorice, earth, sweet kirsch and floral aromas, exotic textures and a long, supple, fresh, red berry and spice finish. This is right in the sweet spot. If you cannot afford one of the Guigal La La's, this is the wine to buy.

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This stunning Cote Rotie is the real deal. Flowers, black cherry liqueur, truffle, licorice, earth, black raspberry, stone and an array of spices grabs your attention. With a texture of pure, exotic silk and velvet, this lush, opulent, sexy wine ends with a rich, concentrated wave of incredibly ripe, pure, molten black cherries. Close to mature, this sultry Rhone should deliver pleasure for at least another 10-15 years. But there is no reason to wait as it offers a stunning tasting experience today.

This stunning Cote Rotie is the real deal. Flowers, black cherry liqueur, truffle, licorice, earth, black raspberry, stone and an array of spices grabs your attention. With a texture of pure, exotic silk and velvet, this lush, opulent, sexy wine ends with a rich, concentrated wave of incredibly ripe, pure, molten black cherries. Close to mature, this sultry Rhone should deliver pleasure for at least another 10-15 years. But there is no reason to wait as it offers a stunning tasting experience today.

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Deeply colored, packed and stacked with multiple layers of rich, ripe, opulent, black Cote Rotie fruit coupled with red fruit accents, flowers and gobs of glycerin fully coat your palate. The mouthfeel is pure silk and satin. Wow! This is very sexy juice. Each sip holds your interest as the wine improves in the glass.

Deeply colored, packed and stacked with multiple layers of rich, ripe, opulent, black Cote Rotie fruit coupled with red fruit accents, flowers and gobs of glycerin fully coat your palate. The mouthfeel is pure silk and satin. Wow! This is very sexy juice. Each sip holds your interest as the wine improves in the glass.

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When to Drink Rene Rostaing, Anticipated Maturity, Decanting Time

Rene Rostaing, when young, should be decanted at least 1-3 hours, give or take, allowing the wines to soften and open their perfume. Older vintages might need very little decanting, just enough to remove the sediment.

Rene Rostaing is usually better with 7-10 years of cellaring and should be at its best between 10-25 years of age.

Serving Rene Rostaing with Wine, Food, Pairing Tips

Rene Rostaing is best served at 15.5 degrees Celsius, 60 degrees Fahrenheit. The cool, almost cellar temperature gives the wine more freshness and lift.

Rene Rostaing is best served with all types of classic meat dishes, veal, pork, beef, lamb, duck, game, roast chicken, roasted, braised, grilled and barbecue dishes. Rene Rostaing is also good with Asian dishes, hearty fish courses like tuna, mushrooms, cheese and pasta.

Condrieu, the white wine of Rene Rostaing is best served with a myriad of different seafood dishes, shellfish, crab, lobster, sushi, sashimi, chicken, pork and veal, as well as Asian cuisine.

Rene Rostaing also produces a great Northern Rhone value wine, Puech Chaude, from a vineyard he purchased in the mid 1990's. The winery has been renamed Puech Noble. Puech Noble is produced from grapes grown in the Coteaux du Languedoc, which is located not far from Nimes.

The wine is usually produced from a blend of 80% Syrah, 10% Mourvedre and 10% Grenache and is aged 50% in tank and 50% in barrel. Rene Rostaing also produced wine in Condrieu and Vin de Pays. With the 2007 vintage, Rene Rostaing added Les Lezardes, made from 100% old vine Syrah, planted in vines located just outside Cote Rotie in Vin de pays des Collines Rhodaniennes.

Over the past few years, Rene Rostaing Cote Blonde has jumped in price, as more people have discovered its stellar quality and style. But the wine is more than good enough to warrant its current high price.

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