1999 Rene Rostaing Côte-Rôtie Côte Blonde


  • France
  • Rhône
  • Northern Rhône
  • Côte-Rôtie
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Community Tasting Notes 43

  • rlove wrote: 95 points

    June 28, 2020 - I've enjoyed several bottles of Rostaing's 1999 Côte Blonde over the years, and each and every one has shown a consistency in the soaring aromatics that fill the room with notes of cherry, blueberry, violet, coffee, and olive. Darker fruit on the palate is underpinned by a killer minerality. The once-formidible tannins are soft yielding a plush, silky texture. Excellent and should continue to drink well through 2035.

  • dnnk88 Likes this wine: 99 points

    June 11, 2020 - My 700th post: 1999 Northern Rhone Tasting along with 67 Pall Mall Philippe Guigal Masterclass (Line up: E.Guigal La Landonne '99, E.Guigal La Mouline '99. E.Guigal La Turque '99, Chateau d'Ampuis '99, Rene Rostaing Cote Blonde '99, Rene Rostaing La Landonne '99): Being an epic night, I had to make this my 700th post. And it seems that someone had crashed a very memorable E.Guigal evening, with all the 1999 LaLas strutting their prowess.

    The 1999 Rostaing Cote Blonde was incredible on all fronts, including best bouquet and longest finish. Nose of cassis, liquorice-drenched flowers, violets, whiff of lavender, olives - hedonistic and captivating. Mind blowing palate of black fruits, blue fruits, cured meats, leather, black olives, dried herbs. Complex, exotic and super balanced and harmonious at the same time. This was like attending a rock concert of a legendary band and have another guest legendary band come on the encore. Simply brilliant and amazing. WOTN

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  • Lord of the Bottles Likes this wine: 94 points

    March 8, 2020 - Acker Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Retrospective (1978 - 2005) (NY): Perfumed woody nose. One of the best I have smelt. Violets, dark fruit, wood and earthy finish. 93 palate, 95 nose, 94 overall. Lovely wine.

  • MC2 Wines Likes this wine:

    October 22, 2019 - Rhone Commanderie dinner (Little Park): I continue to be a believer in these wines. It's just really good. Someone mentioned there's almost a spritziness to the wine and that is true. It is brooding and dark and yet somehow with the texture there's a bit of lightness which I think is partially acid but could be almost a spritz as well. Get the iron and blood-like characteristics although it's prob more dark fruit as the primary note. Still quite young with lots of time. Delicious.

  • drwine2001 wrote:

    September 1, 2019 - Medium ruby center with fading rim. The first impression right out of the bottle was frankly unimpressive-rather harsh fennel and black olive with little fruit or feel, but a few hours in a decanter proved me to be excessively pessimistic. It took this long for the aromatics to soften toward a cooler menthol aspect and for wonderfully spicy blueberry fruit to emerge, accompanied by a citrus peel topnote. This is surely not an overripe, gloppy example of this ripe vintage, with excellent acidity and minerality balancing pleasing sappiness. If there any critique to be leveled, it is only that there were never the telltale bacony, grilled meat notes of Côte Rotie, but this is a wonderful Syrah with healthy, vigorous fruit and excellent complexity at this stage of its life.

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  • By John Gilman
    Sep/Oct 2014, Issue #53, René Rostaing’s Beautifully Classic Examples of Côte-Rôtie

    (Côte-Rôtie “Côte Blonde”- René Rostaing) Subscribe to see review text.


  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2002, IWC Issue #100 (link)

    (Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Cote Blonde) Subscribe to see review text.

  • By Stephen Tanzer
    January/February 2001, IWC Issue #94 (link)

    (Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Cote Blonde) Subscribe to see review text.

Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1999
  • 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 19 (3%)
  • In Cellars 447 (61%)
  • Consumed 262 (36%)

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