Robert Parker 100
“I give Rostaing’s 2015 Cote Rotie La Cote Blonde the slightest of edges over the La Landonne for its more aromatic, floral nose. It shows that same unfathomable depth and richness married to a sense of weightlessness and elegance that marks the La Landonne, and it also shows those wonderfully pure raspberry flavors. It’s lush, velvety and incredibly long on the finish. Collectors fortunate enough to grab some of each will have great fun comparing the two over the next 30 years or so.”
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2045
Saturated ruby. A complex, expansive bouquet displays aromas of fresh dark berries, cherry liqueur, incense and candied violet, and a smoky Indian spice nuance builds in the glass. Concentrated yet energetic and precise, offering intense blackberry and bitter cherry flavors supported by a spine of vibrant minerality. Clings with superb tenacity on the youthfully tannic, floral-dominated finish, leaving behind smoky mineral and star anise notes.
Mid dark purplish crimson. I assume this is a cask sample as it’s not the absolute freshest on the nose. But it’s pretty glamorous and snazzy on the palate. Quite heavily extracted but it should eventually deliver something halfway between a LaLa and a Clusel Roch!
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2080