Red, Ready, but will improve

2012 Côte-Rôtie, Cuvée Classique Ampodium, Domaine René Rostaing

2012 Côte-Rôtie, Cuvée Classique Ampodium, Domaine René Rostaing

Red | Ready, but will improve | Domaine Rene Rostaing | Code:  22142 | 2012 | Syrah/Shiraz | Medium Bodied, Dry | 13.0 % alcohol


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Scores and Reviews





JANCIS - Inviting and slightly stemmy dark fruit. Fragrant herbal note that some might not like but I find it more fragrant than herbaceous. Very Rostaing. Charming.
Julia Harding MW, - Jan 2014

WA - Starting with the 2012s, 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.
Jeb Dunnuck,  Wine Advocate #210 -  Dec 2013

A bastion of traditional wine making, Rene Rostaing (who previously worked in real-estate) has been working the vineyards of Cote Rotie for the past 40 years, yet didn’t really switch to wine full time until the 1990s. He now owns roughly 20 acres of prime terroir, spread across 14 lieux-dits and 20 separate plots (there can be multiple plots within a lieu-dit). Since 1996, he has produced three separate Cote Roties; the Classique (which is now label Ampodium), the La Landonne, and his personal favorite, the Cote Blonde. He has excelled in both 2011 and 20

The Producer

Domaine Rene Rostaing

Domaine Rene Rostaing

Legal academic, property dealer and vigneron, René Rostaing crafts some of the finest Côte Rôties on the market today. He has owned 2 hectares in the Côte Blonde and La Landone since the 1970s but fortune has blessed him through his inheritance of four hectares of superbly sited vineyards from his father in law Albert Dervieux and another 1.4 hectares of particularly old vines from his uncle Marius Gentaz. He now has 7.4 hectares which in Côte Rôtie terms is a significant holding.

Rostaing is firmly in the modernist camp of Côte Rôtie producers, destemming the majority of his fruit and being one of the first producers to ferment using vinomatics (horizontal automatic vinifiers). However he dislikes the overt taste of new oak and uses a maximum of 15% in the maturation process. All the wines are bottled unfiltered.

The Grape



A noble black grape variety grown particularly in the Northern Rhône where it produces the great red wines of Hermitage, Cote Rôtie and Cornas, and in Australia where it produces wines of startling depth and intensity. Reasonably low yields are a crucial factor for quality as is picking at optimum ripeness. Its heartland, Hermitage and Côte Rôtie, consists of 270 hectares of steeply terraced vineyards producing wines that brim with pepper, spices, tar and black treacle when young. After 5-10 years they become smooth and velvety with pronounced fruit characteristics of damsons, raspberries, blackcurrants and loganberries.

It is now grown extensively in the Southern Rhône where it is blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre to produce the great red wines of Châteauneuf du Pape and Gigondas amongst others. Its spiritual home in Australia is the Barossa Valley, where there are plantings dating as far back as 1860. Australian Shiraz tends to be sweeter than its Northern Rhône counterpart and the best examples are redolent of new leather, dark chocolate, liquorice, and prunes and display a blackcurrant lusciousness.

South African producers such as Eben Sadie are now producing world- class Shiraz wines that represent astonishing value for money.

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