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Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Ampodium 2015

Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Ampodium 2015

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"Bottled in July, the 2015 Cote Rotie Ampodium is fairly full-bodied and quite rich. The black olive and raspberry notes verge on being jammy but are balanced by peppery spice and firm, savory tannins. Give it 5 years in the cellar to settle down, and drink it over the next decade and a half or more. For an entry-level wine, it's remarkable. Drink: 2023-2040. 94 points

I was greeted by Pierre Rostaing, who is increasingly present at the domaine. Pierre studied in Montpellier and has been managing the family's Languedoc estate, so it is no surprise that he's taking on more importance here in Côte-Rôtie. He points out that while 2016 had a wet, difficult beginning, the weather was cooperative after mid-June and it ended up being "a very nice vintage." Unlike recent years it was relatively late, with harvest starting on September 22 and concluding October 9. The 2016s are classically proportioned and silky in style, without lacking depth or richness. In addition to the wines reviewed below, I also tasted barrels from Viallière and Neve, which Rostaing said might be sold as additional single-parcel wines. Finally, while the 2016s look extremely promising from barrel, the stars here are the wines from 2015, which combine incredible power with seamless elegance."

Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (234)