Bottled in July, the 2015 Cote Rotie Ampodium is fairly full-bodied and quite rich. The black olive and raspberry notes verge on being jammy but are balanced by peppery spice and firm, savory tannins. Give it 5 years in the cellar to settle down, and drink it over the next decade and a half or more. For an entry-level wine, it's remarkable. (JC)
A bright flash of white pepper gives way to bay leaf, crushed bitter plum and raspberry coulis flavors, with a sleek iron edge. Racy and youthfully taut, but shows ample stuffing for cellaring. (JM)
Moving to the 2015s, all of which were tasted out of bottle, the 2015 Côte Rôtie Ampodium is well worth your time and money. Dark fruits, peppery, licorice, and ground herb characteristics flow to a full-bodied, impressively endowed, ripe, balanced 2015 that will drink nicely for 10-15 years. The son of René, Pierre Rostaing, is now taking a more leading role in this terrific estate. The 2015s are beautiful wines, but don’t discount the 2016s, which are almost as impressive.
Opaque ruby. Highly perfumed, displaying ripe dark berry, olive and violet scents energized by a peppery spice nuance. Fleshy and expansive on the palate, offering sweet blackberry and cherry liqueur flavors and allspice and camphor notes. Supple tannins sneak in late and fold smoothly into the lush dark fruit on the clinging finish. (JR)
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