Rene Rostaing, Cote Rotie, Cote Blonde 2011

94 points Jeb Dunnuck
Always showing well, the 2011 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde has a perfumed, forward style as well as classic raspberry and blackberry fruits intermixed with notes of tapenade, flowers, and bouquet garni. It’s elegant, refined, and very much in the style of the 2011 vintage. Enjoy bottles over the coming 10-15 years. (12/2020)
94 points John Gilman
At this very early date, 2011 looks likely to be a great, great vintage of utterly classic wines from Monsieur Rostaing, and the Côte Blonde ’11 is a superb young wine. The stunning young nose jumps from the glass in a blend of sweet dark berries, black pepper, dark chocolate, coffee, lovely soil tones and just a whisper of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and wonderfully focused, with a fine core of fruit, ripe, moderate tannins and excellent length and grip on the already very transparent finish. A classic in the making! (9/2014)
94 points Wine Advocate
The 2011 Côte Rôtie Côte Blonde saw 100% stems and a small percentage of Viognier. While I liked it a tad more last year, it showed beautifully here as well, with a perfumed, forward and medium to full-bodied profile to go with classic olive, garrigue and raspberry aromas and flavors. (JD)(2/2015)
94 points Int'l Wine Cellar
Saturated ruby. Candied red and dark berries on the explosively perfumed floral, minerally nose. Stains the palate with intense blackberry and violet pastille flavors, gaining depth and spiciness with aeration. Rich, energetic and graceful, finishing with superb clarity, power and fruit-driven persistence. One of the highlights of the vintage in the northern Rhone, with the balance to age but offering wonderful upfront appeal as well. (JR) (3/2014)

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