2016 Rene Rostaing "Cote Brune" Cote Rotie (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1356064 98-100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Cote Rotie Cote Brune is simply awesome. From vines that were only planted in 2000, this wine shows amazing spice notes, raspberries and cherries. It's got incredible depth and complexity with absolutely no hard edges and lingers forever on the finish. Wow. I was greeted by Pierre Rostaing, who is increasingly present at the domaine. Pierre studied in Montpellier and has been managing the family's Languedoc estate, so it is no surprise that he's taking on more importance here in Côte-Rôtie. He points out that while 2016 had a wet, difficult beginning, the weather was cooperative after mid-June and it ended up being "a very nice vintage." Unlike recent years it was relatively late, with harvest starting on September 22 and concluding October 9. The 2016s are classically proportioned and silky in style, without lacking depth or richness. In addition to the wines reviewed below, I also tasted barrels from Viallière and Neve, which Rostaing said might be sold as additional single-parcel wines. Finally, while the 2016s look extremely promising from barrel, the stars here are the wines from 2015, which combine incredible power with seamless elegance. (JC)  (12/2017)

94-97 points Jeb Dunnuck

 There was no 2015 Côte Brune due to the grapes shutting down due to the heat, but the 2016 Côte Rôtie Côte Brune might make up for it, since it appears to be the gem in the vintage. With full-bodied richness, a liqueur of rocks like minerality, stunning notes of black raspberry, cassis, and toasted spice, and a killer finish, this sensational 2016 will need to be forgotten for 5-7 years but will be a 30-year or more wine. The son of René, Pierre Rostaing, is now taking a more leading role in this terrific estate. The 2015s are beautiful wines, but don’t discount the 2016s, which are almost as impressive.  (1/2018)

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Rhone Blends



- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market.
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Cote Rotie