RENE ROSTAING LES LEZARDES SYRAH 19
Legal academic, property dealer and vigneron, René Rostaing crafts some of the finest Côte Rôties on the market today. He has owned 2 hectares in the Côte Blonde and La Landone since the 1970s but fortune has blessed him through his inheritance of four hectares of superbly sited vineyards from his father in law Albert Dervieux and another 1.4 hectares of particularly old vines from his uncle Marius Gentaz. He now has 7.4 hectares which in Côte Rôtie terms is a significant holding. Rostaing is firmly in the modernist camp of Côte Rôtie producers, destemming the majority of his fruit and being one of the first producers to ferment using vinomatics (horizontal automatic vinifiers). However he dislikes the overt taste of new oak and uses a maximum of 15% in the maturation process. All the wines are bottled unfiltered.
92/100 Decanter, Matt Walls
"Smoky thyme. Fresh, fine, balanced and drinkable. Good grip and power on the finish. Remarkably bright acidity. Very strict, gently saline. From vineyards around Ampuis but just outside of AOC Côte-Rôtie. Some young vines, some old. Two thirds whole bunch." Drink 2022 - 2024
90-92/100 Vinous, Josh Raynolds
"Ripe dark fruits, candied licorice, olive and potpourri on the fragrant nose, along with a peppery nuance and a hint of smoked meat. Coats the palate with nicely concentrated cassis and bitter cherry flavors that become more livelier with air. A violet pastille nuance adds a touch of sweetness to the clinging finish, where dusty tannins lend shape and gentle closing grip."
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