Grape variety : Riesling


Originated from the Rhine region of Germany, Riesling can produce some of the greatest, most complex and fine white wines and still these wines are widely understated! And on top of this, most top Riesling have an amazing potential of ageing thanks to its great acidity and fruits. However, Riesling is also influenced by the Terroir where it is grown (especially weather) and one must be careful as all Riesling are not equal and Germany, France or the New World often produce average or below average quality wines.

Aromas of white flowers and fruits, fine acidity and just the perfect balance of sweetness.


Tasting Note : Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Cote Blonde 1996

Domaine Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie Cote Blonde 1996

During a recent trip to Siem Reap (Cambodia) we had the pleasure to celebrate Darryll's birthday at the Raffles. A lovely hotel offering a nice range of local dishes as well as the western (especially French) classics. We started the dinner with a bottle of one of my favorite Champagne, Billecart-Salmon Blanc de Blancs 1998. (see tasting notes in the Champagne label) Then we moved on to the red and even though I would drink the cote Rotie a little younger, the choice was an excellent one:

The nose was a complex mix of blackberries, black cherries and spice. On the palate, the alcohol was present but not overwhelming. The structure was very well balanced with still some acidity and fruits. More spice on the mid palate with leather, blackcurrant and more black cherries. The finish was not very long and slightly mineral.

I truly enjoy Rene Rostaing wines and Cote Blonde1996 was another great example of the great potential of Cote Rotie.