2001 Cote Rotie Cote Blonde

Rene Rostaing

91Average Score
flagRhone / France

Slightly reductive and herbaceous aromatically, the 2001 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde was better on the palate than the nose, with medium-bodied richness, integrated acidity and a silky, elegant and seamless texture. Given the herbaceous slant on the nose, this isn’t a bottle I’d squirrel away in the cellar and would opt for drinking it over the coming 4-6 years.||René Rostaing’s Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde is the smallest production of Rene’s three cuvees (Ampodium, Landonne and Côte Blonde) and comes from his roughly 1 hectare (roughly 2.5 acres) of holdings in the Côte Blonde lieu-dit. This vines here were planted both in 1934, and then later in 1970-1971. It’s the only cuvee to incorporate Viognier, and this variety makes up roughly 3-5% of the blend. While René destemmed more in the past, today, he keeps destemming to a minimum and aging occurs in mostly older demi-muid, with 15-20% being new. There’s a scant 500 cases in most vintages, and it’s certainly one of the Icon wines from the northern Rhône. eRobertParker.com.February, 2015

Jeb Dunnuck    Score: 90/100

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