René and Pierre were also kind enough to open a bottle of their 2005 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde during my visit. This tannic, firm vintage can be hit or miss, but this beauty delivers the goods and is drinking brilliantly today. Cured meats, lots of minerality, dried flowers, and assorted dark fruits all flow to a medium to full-bodied, nicely concentrated 2005 that has still-present, ripe tannin and a great finish. It’s a classy wine to drink over the coming decade or so.
Like most 2005s, Rostaing’s 2005 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde is still backwards and tight, with bright acidity giving lift to classic notes of dark fruits, iron, violets, and minerality. Much more reserved and focused than the ’06, yet with superb mid-palate depth, awesome purity of fruit and no shortage of tannin, it needs another 3-4 years in the cellar and should be very long-lived. (JD) 95+
An alluring red, with perfumy white pepper, violet, iron and black cherry notes that gain more depth and grip through the finish. Long and pure, with great minerality, this puts on serious weight as it sits in the glass. Best from 2010 through 2025. *Collectibles* (JM)
Ruby-red. Deep cherry and creme de cassis aromas are complicated by cured tobacco, olive, licorice, espresso and minerals, along with a suave floral overtone. Deep, sweet and palate-saturating, offering intense dark berry and cherry flavors and a lovely energizing minerality that builds with air. Delivers serious flavor impact but has a compellingly graceful character, finishing with persistent sweetness and outstanding clarity. Rostaing thinks that this could easily go for 20 years, but 'as usual, I'd prefer it younger than that-maybe 10 for me.' (JR)
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