Côte-Rôtie style

by Francesco Annibali 09/29/16
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Stile Côte-Rôtie

Idolized by true wine lovers, René Rostaing is a producer who has spent his whole life explaining that Côte-Rôtie, an extraordinary red wine from the northern Rhone, has to be a Côte-Rôtie. While this may seem obvious it is not. Twenty years ago, many producers – Guigal first among them – insisted on producing wines that were more similar to those of the southern Rhone like Hermitage. Not so René who made wines that were never too full of extracts, not even in good years, and not like those made ‘in subtraction’ that so many veteran tasters like. Wines that Michele Bettane (France’s Daniele Cernilli) defined as “wines for esthetes”.

Translation: soft extracts, limited pumping over, aging barrels similar to those used in Burgundy and almost always used and no filtration. The results are ‘odoriferous’ wines of incredible purity that are not gastronomic.

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