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2005 Rene Rostaing - Cote-Rotie Cote Blonde

FRANCE / RHONE / COTE-ROTIE
  • 96 WA
  • 95 WS
  • 94 IWC
  • 93 JR
  • Variety
    Syrah
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SKU: 48757-2005-750-2B
  • International Wine Cellar | Rating: 94

    ($150) Ruby-red. Deep cherry and creme de cassis aromas are complicated by cured tobacco, olive, licorice, espresso and minerals, along with a suave floral overtone. Deep, sweet and palate-saturating, offering intense dark berry and cherry flavors and a lovely energizing minerality that builds with air. Delivers serious flavor impact but has a compellingly graceful character, finishing with persistent sweetness and outstanding clarity. Rostaing thinks that this could easily go for 20 years, but |as usual, I'd prefer it younger than that-maybe 10 for me.|
    Author: Josh Raynolds
    Issue: January/February 2008
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 95

    An alluring red, with perfumy white pepper, violet, iron and black cherry notes that gain more depth and grip through the finish. Long and pure, with great minerality, this puts on serious weight as it sits in the glass.
    Author: James Molesworth
  • Jancis Robinson | Rating: 18

    Chez Genesis: Very heady and gentler than the Landonne. Neat and fresh and much more approachable than Landonne. Quite rich and chewy but the fruit overwhelms the structure.Chez J&B: Still relatively pale colour - blonde indeed. But haunting nose - almost burgundian in its fleshy sensuality. Lovely sweet palate entry and great appetising balance though still with a lot of oak influence on the finish. This is delicate fruit that should be left alone for quite a while. Should make a great bottle.
    Author: Jancis Robinson
    Issue: 12-09-2006
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 95

    Like most 2005s, Rostaing's 2005 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde is still backwards and tight, with bright acidity giving lift to classic notes of dark fruits, iron, violets, and minerality. Much more reserved and focused than the '06, yet with superb mid-palate depth, awesome purity of fruit and no shortage of tannin, it needs another 3-4 years in the cellar and should be very long-lived.
    Author: Jeb Dunnuck
  • Self | Rating: 90

    Author: RDV
Rene Rostaing is unarguably one of the most talked-about producers in Cote-Rotie. He started as a fairly small producer, but his wines have grown in quality, reputation, and production. He vinifies his parcels separately and makes his wines in a more traditional fashion. New oak is kept to about 10% to guarantee the elegant style which is so spectacular in the area. Vintages to look for are 2003, 2001, 1999, 1991, 1985, 1978, and 1971.

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Collector Data For This Wine

  • 273 bottles owned
  • 35 collectors
  • Average collector rating: 90
    (Out of 35 collectors)