Vineyard: Sourced from vineyards throughout the appellation.
Orientation: South/southeast exposure
Soil: Multiple sites, soil varies
Viticulture: 35 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).
Notes: Historically referred to as the Cote Rotie "Classique", Rostaing's Ampodium is elegant, well-balanced and classic! Ampodium refers to the Provencal name for the famed village of Ampuis where the vines are planted.
Publication: Wine advocate
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.
Youthful violet. Sexy, mineral-driven aromas of ripe red and dark berries, candied flowers and Indian spices show excellent clarity and lift. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering juicy, nicely concentrated black raspberry and cherry flavors and a hint of allspice. A subtle olive nuance arrives with air and carries through a long, youthfully tannic finish.