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2012 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde

Syrah

  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Côte-Rôtie
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Community Tasting Notes 13

  • Dr S wrote: 87 points

    April 18, 2021 - A wine that flatters to deceive. Whether it’s the esteemed label or lavish price tag that colours things, the first approach doesn’t seem too bad - but hold on, this is a grande cuvée from an acclaimed maker and it should be more than just ok. The more you taste and probe, the more the emperor’s robes fall away to reveal lean pickings.
    Green notes on nose and palate, perhaps stems to compensate for a wet year? Not even white pepper or cooler spice notes to compensate for the absent fruit.
    The palate’s denser than the 2012 Ampodium but flat and lacklustre by comparison, without the cheaper wine’s charm. Savoury, perhaps artful oak work, a thick weave of tannin. But where’s the fruit?
    Overall, a stolid wine. I too am a Rosty fan but this falls far short of the standard set in the good years.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Rote Kappelle wrote: 89 points

    April 17, 2021 - Medium garnet at most, some fading toward the rim. This note is made after tasting over 2 days; no decant.

    I can see why the notes made by others are split between those who find the unripe, vegetal characters pretty unacceptable and those who find other characters that offset the 'walk in the weeds'. Personally, the unripe, vegetal notes are too dominant on the nose; there are also some red berry characters, more silage, and some wet stone. This verges on being a disgrace for a wine of this price and provenance.

    The palate somewhat rescues things - there is a nice mouthfeel; quite velvety but then some slightly hard tannins only just stay in balance - others might find the finish a little hard. The flavours on the palate are somewhat dilute, similar to the nose; what food does one pair this with? Chicken broth, or a vegetable soup, or some raw parsnips? I don't like putting the boot into a wine, but the more time I spend with this the more outraged I feel that Rostaing released this rubbish - they should have just released Ampodium. The 2013 is a far better wine. I get where the supporters come from, but I can't agree. I like Rosty and am considered a Rosty-wallah by many (I buy each vintage), but go to any of the many good years (2013, 2015, 2016, 2017) rather than this. My point score is a concession to the fact that other, perhaps better palates, have found more good news - otherwise I would have scored this at about 80, or lower. Only for those affected by morbid curiosity.

    In the country of my residence, leaders make tearful resignation speeches over smaller scandals than this; they offer up their lifetime Vegemite ration and even their dignity. You have been warned.

    2 people found this helpful Comment
  • Brian of Mull Likes this wine: 92 points

    November 29, 2020 - Opened 3 hours. Dark red/purple. On the nose: Cassis, Violets, Pepper and blood. On the palate: Cassis, violets, forest floor, Pepper, blood and hint of smoke. This is good wine. I love Rostaing’s wines.

  • Niagara wrote: 85 points

    August 18, 2020 - thin and a little unripe, IMO.

  • robferguson1 wrote: 88 points

    July 9, 2020 - My prior bottle 2 years ago was very green on nose and taste and ditto again, one critic described it as having ‘classic Rostaing leavfy news’ to me it ain’t classic it’s green and not right

    1 person found this helpful Comment
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    Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, René Rostaing’s Beautifully Classic Examples of Côte-Rôtie

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    March/April 2014, IWC Issue #173 (link)

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 2012
  • Type Red
  • Producer Rene Rostaing
  • Varietal Syrah
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard Côte Blonde
  • Country France
  • Region Rhône
  • SubRegion Northern Rhône
  • Appellation Côte-Rôtie

Community Holdings

  • Pending Delivery 29 (4%)
  • In Cellars 501 (77%)
  • Consumed 117 (18%)

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