Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde, Domaine René Rostaing 2016
The 2016 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde is another beauty. This cuvée includes a splash of Viognier and I think that’s what gives it a more sexy, forward style compared to the Côte Brune and La Landonne. Black raspberries, violets, spring flowers, and spice all literally soar from this terrific barrel sample. With a full-bodied, opulent, sexy style, sweet tannin, and stacked mid-palate, it’s a blockbuster in the making.
|Score: 93/95||Jeb Dunnuck, vinous.com, January 2018|
It's worth reminding readers that this is from a specific lieu-dit and is not a blend of plots from the larger Côte Blonde. The 2016 Cote Rotie La Cote Blonde comes close to equaling the quality of the La Landonne, echoing that wine's floral notes but in a slightly more herbal way. The raspberries here are more briary, the roses more evocative of hips than flowers. It's medium to full-bodied with a rich, velvety texture and a tremendous finish.
|Score: 96/98||Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate (234), December 2017|
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