- René Rostaing
- 2022 - 2027
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- En Primeur
Goedhuis, November 2021
The 2020 has a heavenly perfume of cooler citrus fruits such as lemon and lime mixed with white nectarine, peach and pear. There is a distinctly floral element here too with honeysuckle and lime flower scents. The palate shows beautiful depth with a gentle silkiness and the flavours glide across the palate. There is a touch of minerality and delicate spices that emerge on the long finish.
Jancis Robinson, December 2021,
Attractive nose, lanolin and wet hay, chamomile. Rich mouthfeel and wet-hay notes on the palate too – quite powerful and ripe on the finish. Drink 2022-2028.
John Livingstone-Learmonth, November 2021
Clear yellow robe; the nose is attractive, stylish, with a pure floral float, buttery tones, honey, honeysuckle. The palate engages right away, the opening firm. The mid-palate holds up, and takes on a little tannin on the second half, the length sure. It’s a little still under its bottling in late March, 2021, will open more, can be expressive. It will be interesting at three to four years’ old, with truffles, since it has some earthy density. “I want to capture the floral, lightly fermented tone of the Viognier, and have also reduced the amount of SO2 used for the whites” Pierre Rostaing. Drink 2022-2028.
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.
A white wine appellation, Condrieu is produced uniquely from Viognier to make both dry and sweet examples. Its best vineyards are grown on shards of decomposed mica often lending a pronounced minerality in its wines. Though Condrieu had a famous past, its more recent history has been modest and its bottlings were virtually unknown outside its region until the 1980s and 1990s when aficionados began to discover its unusual balance of intense fruity aromatics with its bone dry palate. In particularly warm vintages, their wines are notably rich and hedonistic.