2020 - Côte Rôtie Ampodium René Rostaing
Colour
Red
Producer
René Rostaing
Region
Côte Rôtie
Grape
Syrah
Drinking
2024 - 2038
Case size
6x75cl
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2020 CÔTE RÔTIE AMPODIUM RENÉ ROSTAING - 6x75cl

Colour
Red
Producer
René Rostaing
Region
Côte Rôtie
Grape
Syrah
Drinking
2024 - 2038
Case size
6x75cl
En Primeur
In Bond
Case price £260.00 (Ex. VAT)
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Tasting Notes

  • GDH

    Goedhuis, November 2021

    ‘Ampodium’ is the Roman name for Ampuis, and this iconic Rostaing cuvée is a blend of 13 lieux dits from around Côte Rôtie. At first sniff the nose offers up enticing black fruits but with time in the glass some red fruits begin to emerge with undertones of violets, iris and Indian spices. The tannins are grippy and there is a seam of juicy acidity that streams along and gives great drive and energy. Lingering black fruit and spice on the finish intertwine with the mineral notes. So much Côte Rôtie finesse.

  • JR

    Jancis Robinson, December 2021,
    Score: 18

    Creamy nose with dark fruits, grilled meat and oaky notes. Lovely fruit with excellent acidity and precision. So much energy here and purity too. Introverted and youthful but still packed with vitality. Drink 2024-2034.

  • MW

    Matt Walls, November 2021,
    Score: 93

    Looking like a very good year for this blend, which is concentrated, lively and juicy, with plenty of assertive but fine tannin which suggest waiting a while. Hard to make a definitive judgement on tasting just two barrels, but this is looking very promising. Four weeks in tank, 18 months in oak (limited new), with natural yeasts and as many stems as possible. Drink 2028-2036.

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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.