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2018 Rene Rostaing "Côte Blonde" Côte-Rôtie (1.5L) (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1476741 97-99 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark A wine that’s going to push the upper limits of my scale, the 2018 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde has a wonderful sense of opulence and elegance paired with huge minerality and power. Giving up primordial notes of perfectly ripe currants, new saddle leather, spice, and wildflowers, it has a magical texture, huge richness and depth, loads of tannins, and a huge finish. It made my pulse jump. This was another power-packed lineup from the Rostaing Family, and you can’t go wrong with any of these new releases. The 2017s show the sunny yet also elegant style of the vintage and have beautifully polished, ripe tannins. These wines offer pleasure even today but do your best to give bottles 4-5 years of bottle age, especially the single vineyard releases. Looking at the 2018s, these are largely in the same style yet have slightly more concentrated, structured profiles. My money is on the 2018s requiring slightly more bottle age, but I’ll report on those from bottle this time next year. In addition to the Côte Rôties, don’t miss a chance to try the Languedoc and Collines Rhodaniennes releases. Both represent terrific wines as well as value. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

97-99 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The most tannic of the "big three" bottlings this year, the 2018 Cote Rotie la Cote Blonde features elegant hints of mixed herbs entwined around bold boysenberry fruit. It's medium to full-bodied, with plentiful fine-grained tannins that firm up on the long finish. Embryonic, but oh so promising, it should blossom in another five years or so. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

96-97 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Sexy, mineral-laced black raspberry, cherry compote and floral pastille aromas are complemented by exotic spice and olive flourishes. Sappy and precise on the palate, offering vibrant red and dark berry and candied violet flavors underscored by a seam of smoky minerality. Fine-grained, even tannins sneak in very slowly and meld seamlessly on the strikingly long finish, which leaves behind vibrant spice, red fruit liqueur and mineral notes. (JR) Inner quote mark (5/2020)

96 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This is aromatic with a touch of star anise, juniper and cedar alongside incredible, almost imperceptible tannins, but so full and present. It’s friendly, open, and ethereal with a long, silky finish but also very ripe in 2018, with slightly raised alcohol. A compelling wine with great finesse and Côte-Blonde style. The winemaking at Domaine Rostaing is now in the hands of René's son Pierre, and it follows the same format for all the Côte-Rôties: four weeks in tank, 18 months in oak, limited new oak, natural yeasts, and as many stems as possible - 100% this year. Drinking Window 2024 - 2037. (MW) Inner quote mark (9/2019)

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