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“Rocket wine—off we go from la terre to the sky in one glass.John Livingstone-Learmonth
“Immense richness and power without any apparent weight … breathtaking stuff. 99+ rating.”Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate
As of 2015, René Rostaing had made 44 vintages of Côte Rôtie. And it was time to turn the domaine over to his son Pierre, who had been working alongside him for years.
For the hand-off, René just happened to pick possibly the greatest Côte Rôtie vintage since 1947. With 60+ harvests under his belt, Marcel Guigal said he’d never seen a year like it. For Pierre Rostaing, it was the chance to seal his reputation his first time out.
In this surreally great year, a perfect wine from Côte Blonde was pre-ordained. And its 100-point Wine Advocate rating surprised no one. But the world was not prepared for a 2015 La Landonne that easily rivals—and may one day surpass—the iconic Blonde. Indeed, its 99+ Wine Advocate rating only scratches the surface of what a special wine it is.
As Rostaing’s long-time US importer, we had the privilege of witnessing this miracle unfold in barrel. As we knew it would be a historic wine, we salted away a few cases to await even greater fireworks. Two years after its original release, as scarcity is spreading, we're pleased to share the small amount of wine we were able to set aside.
Make no mistake about it. At our price of $195 a bottle, $1150 a 6-pack, with perfect provenance, you should buy all you can, while you have the chance.
Pierre’s birthright as a Côte Rôtie traditionalist may have no peer in the modern era. Not only is he the son of René Rostaing, his grandfather and great uncle were Albert Dervieux and Marius Gentaz, respectively.
The lineage is clear: there’s a direct connection between Pierre’s 2015 La Landonne and the Côte Rôties of Dervieux and Gentaz. Just like his ancestor’s wine, the 2015 Rostaing La Landonne is a brilliant example of purity and expression of terroir.
It’s a wine of great power and richness, owing to its location in the northern part of Côte Rôtie that’s often referred to as the Côte Brune. Yet, it will develop even more profound aromatics and wonderful texture and sweetness on the palate with age, ultimately achieving the ethereal balance of lightness and concentration that is the hallmark of this great cuvée.
And Pierre captured all of the tremendous potential of terroir and vintage. He did so using an approach developed through three generations, beginning with great-grandfather Jean-Marie Buffens, who planted the family’s Côte Blonde plot in 1934.
But Pierre’s most profound influence was his father René, who over nearly a half century made Côte Rôties that—with a high proportion of whole clusters and very little new wood—express both site and variety with majestic clarity.
That he has thoroughly absorbed René’s teachings—learned firsthand through their many years working together—is clearly evident in the brilliant 2015 La Landonne.
Please don’t miss this unique opportunity to acquire one of the great Côte Rôties of our time.
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"Am I being stingy in only awarding Rostaing's 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne 99+ points? This is a tremendous wine, showing immense richness and power without any apparent weight. Raspberries flood the palate in waves, accented by various spices in a wine that's intensely tannic yet never hard or astringent. Breathtaking stuff."
John Livingstone-Learmonth - Drink Rhone
"The nose gives a firm air of ink, has a stately black-fruited aroma, very fresh black berries such as loganberry with licorice. It is all very tight and sealed. The palate coasts with stylish richness, tasty tannins, gives a real complete wheel of flavour, dark fruits, black jam, with fir, compact tannins. This is rocket wine—off we go from la terre to the sky in one glass ... showing a lot of promise."
"A broad and deep wine, filled with dark fig, blackberry and boysenberry compote flavors that are layered with graphite, warm ganache and smoldering tobacco flavors. A warm cast iron note echoes resoundingly through the finish, which is laden with serious grip."
Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
"Deep-pitched, smoke- and spice-accented aromas of black currant and cherry compote, violet and incense take on a hint of exotic spices with air. Lush and expansive on the palate, offering concentrated black and blue fruit liqueur, licorice and spicecake flavors that are sharpened by a smoky mineral element. Becomes sweeter and livelier with air and finishes extremely long, featuring rounded tannins and lingering spiciness."
John Gilman - View From the Cellar
Issue #73, Recently Tasted Rhône Wines Including Looks At the 2016 and 2015 Vintages
"A great classic in the making."
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