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Rene Rostaing

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2016 Rene Rostaing Cuvée Classique Ampodium  (Côte-Rôtie) 90

Medium bodied, fresh, lively, vibrant and floral, the wine is loaded with stony, crisp, sweet, pure, red pit fruits and crushed rocks. Give it a few years of age before popping a cork. You'll have a much better wine.

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2016 Rene Rostaing La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 96

Full bodied, floral, stony, fresh and intense, the cherries have a polish and purity, the tannins are ripe, the fruit is juicy and there is this meaty character that makes it way along with the fruits, giving this a fabulous character. Give it a decade or so in the cellar, as this is not going to be much fun in its youth.

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2016 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 97

Not that far off the sublime 2015, this is however quite different in style. Not quite as exotic, you find more freshness and vibrancy here. Rene Rostaing prefers the 2016 over the 2015, saying it's more his style of Cote Rotie. The wine has good concentration and layers of sweet, ripe, rocky, mineralistic, pit fruits.

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2016 Rene Rostaing Côte Brune  (Côte-Rôtie) 98

This is going to be impossible to find, as the production is quite small. But it is worth grabbing a bottle if you can find one for all the layers of pure kirsch, cherry and plum that have this fabulous cut and verve, Peppery, powerful yet elegant and regal, this is just great. The wine is made from vines planted in 2003 plant in Ampoudim. Only 75 cases are produced each vintage. Making it even harder to find, the wine is not made in every vintage. As of 2018, the wine has only been produced twice, in 2013 and 2016.

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2015 Rene Rostaing La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 94

Full-bodied, fresh and focused on its core of green olives, pepper, crushed rock and dark red fruits, there is an elegance to the texture, with zest in the fruit and firmness in the tannins that beg to be laid down for a decade.

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2015 Rene Rostaing Cuvée Classique Ampodium  (Côte-Rôtie) 92

Earthy, fresh, polished, medium bodied, sweet, lush and peppery, there is a boatload of fruit and freshness here, with a spicy, earthy undertone. Vibrant, and fruity, just a few years are needed before this really sings.

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2015 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 98

Incredibly ripe, the nose screams with its floral, red dark red and blue fruit profile. Spice, earthy, sweet and fresh, the silky textured palate feel has an exotic note that carries through from start to finish. The wine has length, complexity, concentration and purity, but it's going to demand at least another decade before it comes together and moves past its primary essence.

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2012 Rene Rostaing Cuvée Classique Ampodium  (Côte-Rôtie) 91

Young, but someone needs to check out these babies, now and then. Already charming, with loads of freshness, peppery, sweet cherries, thyme, black raspberry, olives and herbs. Bright, with softness and refinement, the wine is medium/full bodied and should develop nicely for at least 10-15 more years.

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2010 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 98

This is a super wine with a great future. Purity of fruit, exotic, silky textures, concentration, length and complexity is what you'll find here. 1-2 hours in the decanter will add the right amount of softness. We only finished half the bottle, replaced the cork and placed the bottle in the fridge overnight. Served the next day, the wine was almost as good as it was 24 hours earlier. If you are a fan of Rene Rostaing, this belongs in your cellar.

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WOW! This is super. If you like Cote Rotie at its opulent, exotic best, this wine is for you. If that's not enough of a tasting note to get you going, and you want more, the wine is dark in color. While obviously a baby, the explosive nose with its floral, peach, black raspberry, cherry liqueur and spicy scents is right on target. But it's the sensuous textures, freshness, purity of fruit, length and stunning persistence that brings it all home. If you are a fan of Rene Rostaing and Cote Rotie, this is a wine to buy.

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2010 Rene Rostaing Puech Noble  (Coteaux du Languedoc) 87

Not a wine to age, this medium bodied wine is fully ready to go with its soft, ripe, dark red fruits with hints of licorice. The finish is fairly short, which takes away from the wine.

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2010 Rene Rostaing La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 95

Dark in color and fruit, the wine is surprisingly forward for such a young vintage of La Landonne. Full-bodied, with good purity of fruit that focuses on the dark red berry side, the wine is peppery, tannic, and round in the mouth. If aging adds more length, this would earn an even higher score.=

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2009 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 98

This is even better than the last time I tasted it, a few years ago. Sensuous in nature, the exotic, velvet textures steal the show. Full bodied, rich and with depth of flavor, complexity and great style, the fruit has purity, there is length and freshness. This should age gracefully for 15-20 more years with little trouble.

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Dark in color, concentrated, deep and young, it's hard to miss the seductive quality of this stunner, with its silky tannins coupled with layers ripe, sweet, luscious, fresh fruits, flowers, smoke, licorice, herbs, black raspberry and cherry liqueur aromas.

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2007 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 89

Normally, this is one of my favorite Cote Rotie wines. But based on two bottles from the same case, it's not on the top of my list in 2007. Barnyard, leather, earth, meat, strawberry and spice aromas led into a concentrated wine. The wine was fresh, but lacked the exciting ripe red berries and exotic textures so often found in this wine. This was not a bad wine, but it failed to show the domaine at its best.

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2003 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 95

Elegant, refined, sweet, high toned, balanced and complex, the wine offers this great, floral note, with red berries, wet earth and spice. Soft, silky textured, sweet red fruits seal the deal. No decanting needed, this is drinking great today.

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This is one sexy, exotic bottle of juice. It is has silky, erotic texture to the fresh cherries that you can only get with Cotie Rotie. The finish is long, the nose is complex and it's ready to go. If you have a bottle and you're feeling hedonistic, pop a cork.

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Drink great today, this sensuously textured, richly concentrated wine is packed with fresh, sweet, ripe cherries, black raspberries, fresh herbs, earth and minerality. Popped and poured, the wine improved over the next two hours.

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A beautiful, deep ruby red hue, with a perfume that reminds me of pure kirsch, licorice, bacon fat, and garrigue splashed over rocks and gravel. In the mouth, concentrated layers of pure, fresh, spicy black and red cherries, lush, sensuous textures and pure, ripe fruits. This is drinking great now! The wine improved in the glass for at least 2 hours. It might have continued getting better, but I could not stop tasting it. This flamboyant Rostaing Cote Blonde will only get better over the next decade or longer.

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2003 Rene Rostaing La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 96

At close to 14 years of age, this is really coming of age. The nose explodes with black cherry liqueur, charcoal, smoke, herbs, licorice, earth and gun flint aromas. The texture takes it to the next level with its opulent, sensuous mouth feel. The wild cherry in the finish shows a beautiful sense of purity. No decanting needed here. Pop and pour delivers the magic. Not quite as concentrated as previous bottles, but the wine has really added a lot of sensuality on the palate.

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What a super wine! Poured into a decanter and a glass. From the first sip, this wine rocked. Lush, rich, sweet, fat, clean fruit, a fragrance that grew as the wine enjoyed air with ample structure and ripe tannins to age, what more can you ask for? Very stylish wine that will only get better with time.

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1999 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 98

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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1999 Rene Rostaing La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 98

At a few weeks, before the wine reaches its 20th birthday celebration, this is rocking! Full-bodied, opulently textured and packed with layers of ripe, dark red fruits from start to finish. The end note, with its spicy, deep red fruits lingers and expands.

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The first bottle from my case purchased on release did not disappoint. Rich, deep, long and fresh, the fruit was ripe, pure and offered a great sense of intensity, crushed stone, spice, pepper and earth. Concentrated, polished, supple and with backbone, the wine tasted as good as it felt. This should improve, but now is the right time to begin exploring this wine.

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1998 Rene Rostaing La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 92

Close to full maturity, this is better in the nose with its dark fruits, plum, underbrush and pepper scents. I liked the wine, it had some roundness to its texture coupled with ripe berries, but it felt more well made than exciting.

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Jammy black fruits, pepper, plum, herbs, spice and black raspberry scents are found on the nose. This is a solid style of Cote Roite that while well made, is far from exciting. It lacks the depth, purity and complexity of the best years. It was nice, well made and there was no fault with the wine. But it is not going to ever deliver an exciting tasting experience

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1998 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 97

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.

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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.

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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.

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1996 Rene Rostaing Cuvée Classique  (Côte-Rôtie) 75

The nose smelled of manure, herbs and weeds with some unripe red fruit. The palate was full of tart, cherries. The best thing I can say about this wine was the finish was short enought that I didn't have to suffer through it for more than a few seconds. This was plonk. Avoid this wine.

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1995 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 94

With its showy floral, earth, kirsch, pepper and fresh red berry nose, it took about 30 minutes before the wine softened, filled out and provided a fresh, sensual, tasting experience. There is no hurry to drink this, but it's probably at close to full maturity, so there is also no reason to wait to pop a bottle.

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Floral, peach, blackberry, spice, black raspberry and spice aromatics waft from the glass. This elegant, sweet, soft, supple and exotic textured wine, ends with a sexy, spicy, earth and red fruit filled finish. This is fully mature and will probably not improve.

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This wine opened with kirsch, black raspberry, spice, floral and garrigue scents. Silky in texture, this high toned, slightly acidic, bright wine ended with fresh black cherry, cranberry and rhubarb flavors.

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Fresh herbs, black cherry, cola and coffee notes are a delight. Toss in the silky, opulent mouth feel and you have a recipe for a sublime Cote Rotie.

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1995 Rene Rostaing La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 89

Earthy, pepper, blackberry and dark cherry, with whiffs of VA make up the perfume. The full bodied wine is on the severe style side with a tart, kirsch and blackberry finish.

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The nose offered black fruit, pepper, cherry and cassis. Very tannic and tight. The bright toned finish had ample spicy dark red fruit. This needs time.

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1991 Rene Rostaing La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 94

Bacon fat, pepper, black cherry liqueur, earth, forest floor, iron, garrigue and floral scents capture your attention. Full bodied with a good concentration of flavor, frehsness, purity and intesnity of ripe fruit. This delicious Cote Rotie is drinking perfectly today.

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Black fruit, anise, dark cherry and pepper aromatics. Lighter than the Guigal, less tannic and more open. Soft textures, elegant and balanced, this charming wine delivers a lot of pleasure.

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1991 Rene Rostaing Côte Blonde  (Côte-Rôtie) 95

Silky, opulent layers of decadent, ripe red and black fruits with a healthy dose of plums and kirsch please the palate. The nose enjoys a unique blend or floral, spice and fruit components.

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1985 Rene Rostaing La Landonne  (Côte-Rôtie) 95

Spicy, black fruit, spice, truffle, wild strawberry and earth make for a beautiful perfume. This very concentrated wine was the finest Rostaing La Landonne I've ever tasted.

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