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1999 Rene Rostaing - Cote-Rotie Cote Blonde 750ml
1999 Rene Rostaing - Cote-Rotie Cote Blonde
France - Northern Rhone - Cote Rotie
Red / Syrah
1999 Rene Rostaing - Cote-Rotie Cote Blonde
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Professional Reviews

IWC
92(+?)

International Wine Cellar Author: Stephen Tanzer Issue: Issue 100

($90) Saturated deep ruby. Cassis, leather and game on the roasted nose. A powerful wine with terrific thrust; sweet but tight, with somewhat grapey black fruit, floral and leather flavors. Pure, long and subtle on the back, with very even tannins. But conveys more Hermitage power and primary dark fruits than Cote-Rotie verve.

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WA
100

Wine Advocate

What can I say about the 1999 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde. This is a dry vintage port-like Cote Rotie. It possesses extraordinary intensity, brilliant harmony, and a staggering bouquet of violets laced with other flowers (paperwhite narcissus come to mind), blackberries, cassis, vanilla, and a touch of honey. The wine is unctuously-textured yet remarkably well-defined, with elegance married to intense concentration as well as an extremely long finish, this is one of the most profound and seductive Cote Roties I have ever tasted. There are 500 cases of this nectar. Anticipated maturity: now-2018. Rene Rostaing was apologetic for his 1999s, undoubtedly the greatest vintage he has ever produced. He was quick to point out that they are "atypical and too rich." Excuse me! This is Cote Rotie at its most concentrated and seductive. One of the most intelligent winemakers in Cote Rotie, Rene Rostaing continues to exhibit maturity as well as wisdom with the conditions he confronts in each vintage.

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Community Reviews

NCL Trust Rating: 88 Tasted On: 07/18/2011 Drink Dates:

Continued Delicious

92

Daniel B Trust Rating: 99 Tasted On: 12/12/2002

Parker was nuts when he rated this wine. I have enjoyed the 88 and 91 more in the past then this vintage. Don't touch a bottle for at least another five years.

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