Cote-Rotie Royalty - Lowest Price: 2011 Rostaing Cote-Rotie La Landonne

Posted by Ian McFadden

Côte-Rôtie Royalty - Lowest Price
2011 Rostaing Côte-Rôtie La Landonne

Last week, we sent out an offer on Rostaing's 2011 Côte Blonde. Today, we turn to its more muscular brother, La Landonne.

I should get the bad news out of the way from the outset: This is a very, very small parcel of Rostaing's 2011 La Landonne.

The good news is that pricing is really sharp. It's very unlikely that you'll see pricing this sharp again. In short, in my opinion, this is something to jump on.

La Landonne is one of Côte-Rôtie's great sites. It's Côte-Rôtie Royalty.Of course, Guigal has to be credited with bringing a disproportionate amount of fame to this vineyard. Their La Landonne can push the $500 mark.

Every time I taste a La Landonne, the pedigree of the site comes into very clear focus. I love Côte-Rôtie for its elegance, its fineness and its nimbleness. It's the most Burgundian appellation of the Northern Rhône. La Landonne introduces a dark fruited, more brooding element while maintaining a stunning amount of finesse and agility.

Rostaing captures La Landonne beautifully, especially in 2011. 2011 in the Northern Rhône is a vintage that I love. The wines are lithe but concentrated, with detail captured in pinpoint focus. As Rostaing puts it, "2011 was a year of the soil," where "terroir won against the sun." These are not wines of overpowering ripeness, but serious studies in complexity.

Rostaing's 2011 La Landonne delivers a really impressive combination of power and precision with dark berry fruit, tapenade and a crushed rock minerality. The harmony, the length and the overall complexity drive home that you're tasting a great vineyard.

As I mentioned earlier, pricing is very, very sharp and quantities are very limited. I don't see this sticking around for very long.

To order, reply to or call the store at (212) 980-9463.

Ian McFadden
Director, Fine & Rare Wine
Crush Wine & Spirits