1999 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde Côte-Rôtie Wine Tasting Note

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1999 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 98

Aging beautifully, at 21 years old, this stunner has it all. The nose, with its flowers, smoke, thyme, spice, herbs, crushed rock, pepper and ripe red berry nose gets things off to a good start. On the palate, it’s even better. It’s balanced between fresh, racy pure red fruits and silky, opulent lifted textures that stick and expand. This is a thinking mans sexy wine.

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Still deep in color, this looks like a recent release. Cinnamon, smoke, charcoal, dark chocolate covered cherries, plums and floral notes create the complex perfume. The wine delivers a beautiful purity of fruit, with freshness, balance and silky textures. The long, sexy finish ends with licorice, cherry liqueur, cocoa and an intriguing, earthy note. Drink this now or age it for years. This is a stunning bottle of Cote Rotie.

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Your nose is greeted by an explosive perfume filled with flowers, cherry liqueur, pepper, earth, smoke, stone and bacon fat aromas. Luscious waves of polished, opulent textured, ripe black cherries and kirsch are found in the long, pure, elegant finish. This is close to mature where it should remain for several years. From experience tasting older vintages, I'd drink this before the wine hits its 20th birthday.

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This spectacular wine opens with extremely ripe black cherries, garrigue, violets, earth, bacon fat, fresh cracked pepper, forest and provencial herbs and cherry tobacco. This powerful wine coats every nook and cranny of your mouth and paints your tongue with fleshy kirsch flavors. The texture is pure sex and elegance. The flawless, seamless, harmonious fresh, spicy, dark cherry and boysenberry filled finish remains for at least 60! This probably deserves a perfect score. I'm holding back a point for the moment. But I reserve the right to change my mind. Wines like this a unique tasting experiences that seldom come around. It's worth the money and effort to try a bottle.

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Even with decanting, the wine was tight. Still, with coaxing, it was not hard to find liqueur like scents of black fruit, spices, cassis, raspberry and black cherry jam. On the palate, it offers a very lush sensation. The bright, seamless finish lasts close to a minute.

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Rene Rostaing Wine Tasting Notes, Ratings

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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