While we may refer to the Rhône Valley as if it were one region, it is in reality two - the Northern Rhône and the Southern Rhône. They are quite distinct in character in almost every respect, and are indeed separated by a good hour's motorway driving. In the north, the climate more closely resembles that of Burgundy; other aspects are also similar - there are a great many small producers, working alongside a handful of famous négociants (best known are Chapoutier and Guigal). In addition, the wines of the north are made largely from a single grape variety (Syrah for all the reds; Viognier for Condrieu; and Roussanne and Marsanne for the other white appellations).

In the south, the climate is markedly hotter, bearing a much closer resemblance to the Languedoc and other distinctively Mediterranean regions. The wines are mostly blended from a number of varieties - as many as thirteen in the case of Châteauneuf du Pape. The whole character of the south, with its heat, wind (Mistral) and dust conjours up an atmosphere much more akin to the Mediterranean basin than to northern Europe. Châteauneuf itself, dominated by the ruins of the great medieval papal fortress, epitomises this in every respect. In both north and south, we concentrate largely on the wines of individual domaines, where we believe the most distinctive styles are made.

Domaine René Rostaing

René’s son Pierre is beginning to spend more of his time at the domaine, working alongside his father to ensure the continuity of style and quality.  One of the very greatest producers of Côte Rôtie, we are extremely privileged to receive an allocation of these outstanding wines.  René is a true craftsman, with a skill to fashion some of the most subtle wines of the appellation.  In old age, they take on an almost Burgundian aspect, such is their elegance and refinement.

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2011 Côte Rôtie La Landonne, Domaine René Rostaing
 12 Bottles
"Readers looking for a slightly more masculine, muscular style should check out the 2011 Cote Rotie La Landonne. It possesses a dense, saturated purple color as well as abundant notes of charcoal/creosote, truffles, blackberries and cassis. Full-bodied, moderately tannic, dense and atypically rich, long and structured for a 2011, it will benefit from 3-4 years of cellaring, and drink well over the following 15 years. 90-92+" Robert Parker 
2011 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde, Domaine René Rostaing
 12 Bottles
"Rostaing’s top cuvee nearly every year is the Cote Rotie Cote Blonde, which comes from two great sites, Moulin and Chatillonne. The 2011 was co-fermented with a small percentage of Viognier (2-3%) and 100% stems were employed. A stunning nose of caramelized exotic fruits intermixed with raspberries, black currants, licorice and camphor jumps from the glass of this perfumed, expansive, silky smooth Cote Rotie. Medium to full-bodied and seductive with stunning concentration and opulence, this is one of the stars of the vintage. 92-95" Robert Parker 
2012 Côte Rôtie Ampodium (Classique), Domaine René Rostaing
 12 Bottles
"The 2012 Cote Rotie Ampodium, which is named after the Romain name for Ampuis, sees the most destemming (somewhere around 75% destemmed), comes from 13 different terroirs, and is aged in both demi-muid and older barrels (Rene only uses roughly 5% new oak for all his cuvees). It offers a pure, classical and yet supple profile, with beautiful, peppery and spice-driven aromas, as well as a core of vibrant berry fruit. It should be approachable on release, yet evolve gracefully for 10-15 years. 91-93" Jeb Dunnuck in Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #210 
2013 Côte Rôtie Ampodium (Classique), Domaine René Rostaing
 12 Bottles
2016 Côte Rôtie Ampodium (Classique), Domaine René Rostaing
 12 Bottles
2017 Côte Rôtie Ampodium (Classique), Domaine René Rostaing
 12 Bottles

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