2011 Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie 'la Landonne'
by JJ Buckley Fine Wines
On Sale $94.94 (reg. $124.94)
"There are few people doing Cote Rotie better than this guy." - Wine Advocate
René Rostaing is Cote-Rotie’s true cult winemaker and an icon of classicism for the tiny appellation. While Guigal and Delas are internationally known stars of the Rhone (and charge accordingly), Rostaing has stuck to his roots and maintained a distinctive old-school style for decades. He has been called “one of the benchmark producers of Cote Rotie” (Parker) and “a bastion of traditional wine making” (Jeb Dunnuck). Today we have his 2011 'La Landonne' for a killer price - the best around by nearly $30 per bottle.
Though he makes only a microscopic amount of wine every year, he is a tireless promoter of the traditional Cote-Rotie, which emphasizes finesse. As such, Rostaing prefers vintages that produce more elegant and refined wines, and in 2011 he certainly got his way with Parker praising the “exceptionally strong wines” from this producer.
This 2011 La Landonne is a beautiful combination of finesse from the vintage and muscularity from the vineyard. Rostaing is one of the fortunate few to work this site, one of the finest (and also steepest) in the region, renowned for its substantial, meaty profile. His 2011 is in line with the Wine Advocate’s overall assessment of Cote Rotie’s from this year (“gorgeous wines that show the perfumed, sexy nature of the vintage”), and it will “evolve gracefully for 15-20 years.”
For the best price around by a wide margin (expect to pay well over $100 elsewhere), this La Landonne offers up a pure, vibrant version of Cote-Rotie at a substantially lower price than its big-name peers (compare with Delas at $150+ or Guigal at $300+). It is sure to drink beautifully for many, many years, but we only have a few cases in stock so get yours today. Cheers!