Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne
|Bottle sizes:||750 ML, 1.5 L|
|Vineyard:||3 parcels of vines 20-70+ years in age. With a 45 degree slope, this vinyeard is on one of the steepest of the Côte Brune.|
|Soil:||Schist and dark, iron-rich granite.|
|Viticulture:||Hand harvested. 30 hL/hA|
|Vinification:||Traditional vinification, including wild yeast fermentation. Stem inclusion and length of maceration depend on the vintage.|
|Aging:||Aged in a mix of 225 and 500 liter barrels. (about 20% new).|
|Tasting:||This is often the most tannic and structured of the Côte Roties, and can take decades to reveal its true potential.|
Am I being stingy in only awarding Rostaing's 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne 99+ points? This is a tremendous wine, showing immense richness and power without any apparent weight. Raspberries flood the palate in waves, accented by various spices in a wine that's intensely tannic yet never hard or astringent. Breathtaking stuff.
Opaque ruby. Powerful black and blue fruit and candied licorice aromas are lifted and sharpened by peppery spice and smoky mineral notes. Coats the palate with concentrated, smoke-tinged blueberry, cherry liqueur and fruitcake flavors that become more energetic with air. Shows plush, seamless texture and finishes impressively long and sappy; chewy tannins build slowly and wrap around the intense dark fruit.