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1998 Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote-Rotie Cote Blonde
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94(+?) Points | Stephen Tanzer's IWC - January/February 2001

Bright full ruby. More flamboyant, profound aromas of crushed, crystallized black fruits, pepper, game and roasted nuts. Lush, sweet and superconcentrated; remarkably mouthfilling wine of great class. Suaver than the Landonne, with more inner-mouth perfume. ("I vinify every cru and every vintage exactly the same," says Rostaing. "The differences among my wines are those of terroir and only terroir.") Palate-staining aftertaste features superb grip and lush tannins. These '98s should turn out to be Rostaing finest wines since his '91s.

96 Points | Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate

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