2016 - Côte Rôtie Ampodium René Rostaing
Colour
Red
Producer
René Rostaing
Region
Côte Rôtie
Grape
Syrah / Viognier
Drinking
2019 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl
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2016 CÔTE RÔTIE AMPODIUM RENÉ ROSTAING - 12x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
René Rostaing
Region
Côte Rôtie
Grape
Syrah / Viognier
Drinking
2019 - 2028
Case size
12x75cl
Available Now
Duty Paid (Inc. VAT)
Case price £548.14 (Inc. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, October 2017

    ‘Ampodium’ is the Roman name for Ampuis, and this iconic Rostaing cuvée is a blend of 13 lieux dits from around Côte Rôtie. The young vine parcels give a fruity, juicy character, whilst older vines add depth and drive. The tannins across all are supple, and the fruit character is archetypally Syrah, with black fruit, pepper and liquorice.

  • WA

    Wine Advocate, December 2017,
    Score: 91-93

    I tasted from a barrel that Rostaing said represented something "close to the final blend" of the 2016 Cote Rotie Ampodium. This medium-bodied wine features classic notes of violets, spice and raspberries and has ample flesh covering its silky, tea-like backbone of ripe tannins. It should drink well young.

  • JRA

    Josh Raynolds, June 2018,
    Score: 91-93

    Bright violet. Expressive black and blue fruit, floral pastille and peppery spice aromas display a bright mineral quality and a suggestion of woodsmoke. Intense blueberry and bitter cherry flavors show excellent clarity and spicy lift, picking up star anise and cola nuances on the back half. Delivers a serious punch of dark fruit flavor but comes off surprisingly lithe, and finishes with smooth tannins and strong tenacity.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, November 2017,
    Score: 17.5

    Cask sample. Vivid stemmy character cutting across the redcurrant fruit on the nose. Superb concentration of fruit on the palate, yet avoids lumbering heaviness via fresh acid and a lengthy, perfumed finish. Savoury soy and aniseed character to finish. (RH) Drink 2020-2030

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Producer

René Rostaing

René Rostaing retired after the 2014 vintage, leaving the estate in the capable hands of his son Pierre. René had spent 40 years building a reputation as the patriarch of the Northern Rhône, and Pierre’s handling of the 2015s and 2016s showed a seamless handover has taken place. For the 2017 vintage the house recipe remains unchanged: old vines from the region’s greatest sites, a high proportion of whole bunch vinification, long macerations, and restrained use of new French oak. Pierre has continued his father’s inimitable style in Condrieu, fermenting the wine in stainless steel. The estate is known for its unique use of Rototanks for its red fermentation – closed horizontal tanks with internal plunging mechanisms. René started using these in 1985 and believes they give much gentler pigeage than what can be achieved by hand. The closed tanks also help protect the wines from oxidation. This enables long maceration times, and the resulting wines are typically deep in colour, full of flavour, and abundant in tannins.

Region

Côte Rôtie

Only a red wine appellation, Côte Rôtie is the most northern of all Rhône appellations and is produced mostly from Syrah, although Viognier may contribute up to 20% of the blend. Its terroir is divided into two categories. Côte Brune's soil is comprised of iron-entrenched granite giving thesoil a rich red-brown colour. As a result, it creates wine of notable power and concentration that usually needs time in the cellar to soften and develop. Heading south down the slope towards Condrieu, one encounters Côte Blonde, an area comprised of decomposed schist and mica that is lighter in colour and tends to produce elegantly styled wine for earlier consumption (most of the area's Viognier is grown here). Many traditional producers of Côte Rôtie feel that their best wines are a blend of the two.