Rene Rostaing

Ampodium Côte-Rôtie Syrah

9.2288 ratings
9.2103 pro ratings
Côte-Rôtie, Northern Rhône, Rhône, France
Syrah
Lamb
Top Notes For
Cathy Corison

Owner/Winemaker Corison Winery

9.1

Black cherries and leather.

Black cherries and leather.

Apr 26th, 2020
Matt Lasater

Drinking beautifully with a Northern appellation feel to it, more Brune and schistous to me. Would love to know all the lieu dits that contribute and their proportion in the final blend. Its darken fruit profile, meaty/smokey and forest notes make the argument that it’s of northern origin. Its opening up for now there’s a rich stream of dark black fruits reminiscent of Black raspberry liquor, soaked plums, almost prune, and overripe black berry/cherry. There’s still freshness to the fruit however, nothing ox’d or decaying. Singed cedar, leather, ash, roasted meat and animal come next, followed by the garrigue and bacon fat. Threads of eastern spices and of course pepper. It elusive now, the aromas coming and going. Palate has some lovely richness and bones to accompany it well, never pushy, always with restraint and nerve. Reminds me of Barolo. Great “basic” cuvée for Rostaing this vintage. Day 2 this really got going, much more harmony and focus on the nose. Loads of bitter root and pastille notes developing among its dark content. Very delicious

Drinking beautifully with a Northern appellation feel to it, more Brune and schistous to me. Would love to know all the lieu dits that contribute and their proportion in the final blend. Its darken fruit profile, meaty/smokey and forest notes make the argument that it’s of northern origin. Its opening up for now there’s a rich stream of dark black fruits reminiscent of Black raspberry liquor, soaked plums, almost prune, and overripe black berry/cherry. There’s still freshness to the fruit however, nothing ox’d or decaying. Singed cedar, leather, ash, roasted meat and animal come next, followed by the garrigue and bacon fat. Threads of eastern spices and of course pepper. It elusive now, the aromas coming and going. Palate has some lovely richness and bones to accompany it well, never pushy, always with restraint and nerve. Reminds me of Barolo. Great “basic” cuvée for Rostaing this vintage. Day 2 this really got going, much more harmony and focus on the nose. Loads of bitter root and pastille notes developing among its dark content. Very delicious

Apr 20th, 2020
Shengli Hu

Violet, crushed stone, mushroom, smoked game, black and green olives, balsamic oils, blackberry, red cherry, dark cherry, elevated acid/tannins and medium body.

Violet, crushed stone, mushroom, smoked game, black and green olives, balsamic oils, blackberry, red cherry, dark cherry, elevated acid/tannins and medium body.

Mar 10th, 2020
Saman Hosseini

Writer Maison Abattoir

9.2

Showing well already. Dense and well ripened fruit with blueberry and violet tones, oiled leather, cracked pepper. Regal tannins.

Showing well already. Dense and well ripened fruit with blueberry and violet tones, oiled leather, cracked pepper. Regal tannins.

Feb 22nd, 2020
Justin Bothur

Blueberry jam, boysenberry, black peppercorn, purple flowers, touch of coffee grind. Pretty balanced and integrated, drinking well now. Fairly long finish.

Blueberry jam, boysenberry, black peppercorn, purple flowers, touch of coffee grind. Pretty balanced and integrated, drinking well now. Fairly long finish.

Dec 12th, 2019
Johnno Harris

Such a baby still. Drank better on day two after opening up. Incredibly tightly woven black fruits with earth, charred meat and black pepper spice revealed with time. Ripe fruit in thrilling tension with fine acid and tannin. Beautiful wine with a long life ahead.

Such a baby still. Drank better on day two after opening up. Incredibly tightly woven black fruits with earth, charred meat and black pepper spice revealed with time. Ripe fruit in thrilling tension with fine acid and tannin. Beautiful wine with a long life ahead.

May 12th, 2019
Gregory Fulchiero

Blackberry compote - bacon and salt - cut grass with roasted herbs. Fresh and alive.

Blackberry compote - bacon and salt - cut grass with roasted herbs. Fresh and alive.

Mar 8th, 2019
Jonathan Wall

Like the grace and power of a cougar. Beautiful, elegant, silky, and light over a deep dark core. Drinks well now but I'd like to see what other dimensions could develop.

Like the grace and power of a cougar. Beautiful, elegant, silky, and light over a deep dark core. Drinks well now but I'd like to see what other dimensions could develop.

Feb 15th, 2019
David T

Independent Sommelier/Wine Educator

9.4

Love this Rostaing Syrah created from 12 or 13 different vineyards. The style encompasses everything thing I love about Northern Rhône. At $50-$55, their 2010 vintage of Ampodium pushes quality close to their much more expensive single vineyard bottling for a 1/3 of the price.

It’s round and elegant. Lightly roasted, creamy dark fruits, used expresso grounds, savory meats, just a touch of bacon fat, soft, understated minerals, dry top soil with dark withering & fresh dark florals. The round and beautiful. The finish glides over the palate with persistence and puts a smile on your face. It was a magnificat pair with my Short Ribs and Yukon Gold Horseradish Potato Purée.

Love this Rostaing Syrah created from 12 or 13 different vineyards. The style encompasses everything thing I love about Northern Rhône. At $50-$55, their 2010 vintage of Ampodium pushes quality close to their much more expensive single vineyard bottling for a 1/3 of the price.

It’s round and elegant. Lightly roasted, creamy dark fruits, used expresso grounds, savory meats, just a touch of bacon fat, soft, understated minerals, dry top soil with dark withering & fresh dark florals. The round and beautiful. The finish glides over the palate with persistence and puts a smile on your face. It was a magnificat pair with my Short Ribs and Yukon Gold Horseradish Potato Purée.

Dec 9th, 2018
Tom Garrett

WInemaker Detert Family Vineayrds

8.9

Iron, grilled meat, dried herbs and brambly berry. Fleshy, textured and very tasty. Delicious, but not as complex or focused as expected for the price.

Iron, grilled meat, dried herbs and brambly berry. Fleshy, textured and very tasty. Delicious, but not as complex or focused as expected for the price.

Apr 23rd, 2018