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.