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2016 Rene Rostaing "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1355444 97 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Aged in demi-muids - a maximum of 10% new oak - with no destemming. It has that austere mineral character on the nose so typical of La Landonne. It is rounded, with good concentration and ripeness, matched with ample, piercing acidity and bristling with fine, fresh tannins. Its intensity comes primarily from its structure and mineral content rather than the fruit, and it is incredibly energetic and lively on the palate. Powerful and very well balanced in a structural, chiselled style, this is in an altogether different league from his Ampodium, with a good balance of fruit, flowers and mineral scents. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Subtle notes of baking spices frame hints of tea, olives and raspberries on the nose of the 2016 Côte Rôtie la Landonne. A paragon of elegance, it's medium to full-bodied, but silky from start to lingering finish. It's a wine that's pretty much guaranteed to make even the steeliest curmudgeon smile, as it's so bright, ephemeral and luscious. It's not the rich, ripe wine the 2015 is, but it's suave, complex and long. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2018)

96 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2016 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is another brilliant wine that has textbook La Landonne notes of powerful, ripe black fruits, smoked meats, peppery herbs, tobacco, and beef blood. Full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, layered, and structured, it has the elegant, finesse style of the vintage front and center, yet is still a powerful, masculine, structured wine (which is this site). Give bottles 4-5 years of bottle age and it will cruise for two decades. Inner quote mark (12/2018)

94-96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Brilliant violet. Ripe black and blue fruit, cherry cola, olive and a pungent floral note on the deeply perfumed nose; a peppery element adds complexity. Plush blackberry, bitter cherry and spicecake flavors display excellent clarity and take a sweeter turn with air. The supple, extremely persistent finish shows superb detail, and pliant tannins fold quickly into the sappy, strikingly persistent dark fruit. (JR) Inner quote mark (6/2018)

95 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Well-built, with lots of juicy plum, blackberry and black currant compote flavors at the core infused with anise, roasted apple wood, licorice and black tea notes. The finish is scored with a cast-iron note, keeping everything grounded. Best from 2023 through 2038. (JM) Inner quote mark (2/2019)

94 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark Along with Maison Guigal, Domaine Rostaing is the most famous producer of this vineyard, which they have bottled on its own since 1977. Today, the family farms just under 1.6 hectares in this great terroir. The 2016 La Landonne chez Rostaing is going to be a superb bottle, as it delivers a fine aromatic constellation of pepper, cassis, roasted meats, woodsmoke, superb soil signature and gentle medicinal overtones. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and rock solid in the mid-palate, with excellent focus and purity, ripe, well-integrated tannins and a very long, vibrant and youthfully complex finish. (Drink between 2020-2075) 94+ Inner quote mark (1/2018)

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