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  • Domaine du Monteillet Cote-Rotie Fortis 2018


    “Dark berries, potpourri, pungent spices and a hint of pipe tobacco on the highly perfumed nose. Juicy, penetrating and appealingly sweet, offering intense blackberry and cherry liqueur flavors and a smoky mineral nuance that builds with air. Supple, slowly building tannins frame an impressively persistent, mineral-driven finish that echoes the dark berry and spice notes. 92-94 points

    It’s easy to compare 2019 and 2018, Stéphane Montez said, because “they were mostly hot and dry years, but 2018 gave a bigger crop and the fruit goes more red than dark.” That said, he’s impressed by the fresh character of that dark fruit in the 2019s, pointing out that “their energy and tannins are also not what you’d expect from a hot year.” He’s one of many producers I visited who imagine 2019 as “kind of a cross of 2009 and 2010 or, maybe better, 2015 and 2016, with structure but not too much, not hard, and there’s strong fruit expression.””

    Josh Raynolds, Vinous (05/20)

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  • Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne 2016


    Was £89.75

    “I was blown away by the completeness of the 2016 Cote Rotie la Landonne from barrel. Incredible floral aromas bring both violets and roses to mind, plus layers of raspberry fruit and complex spice notes. It’s medium to full-bodied with a terrific, silky mouthfeel and a long, long finish. Drink: 2021-2040. 97-99 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)

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