domaine rostaing, cote rotie, la landonne 2017
JEB DUNNUCK
97
ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

2017 domaine rostaing, cote rotie, la landonne

Why We're Buying

Definition. Lushness. Energy. They come together to form to Domaine René Rostaing Côte-Rôtie La Landonne. The syrah reinforces why the estate is among the most well-regarded producers in the appellation, along with Maison Guigal. If you invest in this boozy red wine, give it at least five years to develop.

Critics Scores

JEB DUNNUCK
97

Jeb Dunnuck

I loved the 2017 Côte Rôtie La Landonne, a magical expression of the Grand Cru terroir. Deep purple-hued with killer notes of black raspberries, bacon fat, ground herbs, and obvious minerality, this beauty is full-bodied, has ultra-fine tannins, a deep, concentrated mid-palate, and a finish that won’t quit. Do your best to hold bottles for 4-5 years.

ROBERT PARKER'S WINE ADVOCATE
97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

In tank and awaiting bottling when I tasted it, the 2017 Côte Rôtie la Landonne has smoothed out and added complexity in the past year. It now shows classic savory, meaty, la Landonne character and plenty of mocha goodness. It's medium to full-bodied, lush and velvety on the mid-palate, then finishes long and tannic.

VINOUS
94

Vinous

Inky ruby. Spice-accented blackberry, cherry preserve, pipe tobacco and licorice on the deeply perfumed nose; a sexy floral topnote gains strength as the wine opens up. Sweet, spicy and penetrating, displaying velvety texture to the ripe dark berry, cherry and fruitcake flavors. Shows superb clarity and finishes smoky and impressively long, with mounting tannins and a lingering suggestion of candied violet.

DECANTER
96

Decanter

The winemaking at Domaine Rostaing is now in the hands of René's son Pierre, and it follows the same format for all the Côte-Rôties: four weeks in tank, 18 months in mostly old oak, natural yeast fermentation, and as many stems as possible - 100% in this case. This wine shows supreme freshness and vitality, and is very direct and straight, with notes of violets, black pepper and blackcurrant leading onto a long finish. It's a powerful wine but shows great energy and presence. The acidity is pretty biting, and the tannins are tough, dense, saline and directional. This 2017 is lous, powerful, almost fierce.

WINE SPECTATOR
94

Wine Spectator

This shows an old-school persona, with a dusty sandalwood and cedar frame around a mix of mulled plum and black cherry fruit, bay leaf, leather and savory notes. A smoldering dark earth accent runs through the finish.