Grape Variety : 100% Syrah
Tasting Notes : Rich, fruity aroma with gentle notes of cassis, violets, liquorice and a touch of wood spice in its youth. Takes on fine notes of venison with age.
Vintage : 2009
Ageing Potential : Drink now through 2028
Serving Temperature : 16 ~ 18 ℃
91 points, Wine Spectator
90-92 points, Stephan Tanzer
17 points, Jancis Robinson
Côte Rôtie – which literally means "roasted hillside" due to the south-facing slopes which enjoys maximum sunlight exposure – is one of the most famous Northern-most appellation of Rhône Valley along the western bank of the Rhône river. The region has a remarkable variety of terroirs. The soil is mostly mica-schist, but this is enriched in different lieux-dits (individual vineyard sites) by silex, clay, limestone and iron oxides.
Rostaing's winemaking is a mix of tradition and modernism. The grapes are handpicked, and total/partial de-stemming is practiced. Fermentation takes place in roto-fermenters and the wines are aged for two years in 228-liters Burgundy barrels and 600-liters demi-muids, offering an interesting wood/wine ratio. He dislikes the overt taste of new oaks, therefore only uses a maximum of 15% for maturing. All the wines are bottled unfiltered. Adopting a straightforward, non-interventionist approach to winemaking, extra care is taken to not interfere with the terrior or alter the fruit purity.
The Ampodium (renamed after the town of Ampuis) is the latest addition to the Domaine's portfolio. This bottle is made by blending 13 different lieux-dits, serving as an interesting sample of the appellation of Côte Rôtie. The limited yields (never over 35 Hectos/Hectare) guarantee the constitution and richness of the wines.
Blended skilfully from thirteen parcels at both ends of the appellation, the Ampodium is a model of harmonious balance. The wine is a deep shade of ruby, almost garnet-like red. This bottle has a rich, fruity aroma with gentle notes of cassis, violets, liquorice and a touch of wood spice in its youth. With age, the bottle takes on fine notes of venison.
The wine displays great finesse. It is dark, full-bodied, dry with sweet spices and chewy tannins. The 2009 vintage has a beautifully balanced acidity-length structure, with a fresh finishing, reflecting the characteristics of the appellation.
Cote Rotie in Northern Rhone is one of the classic spots for Syrah wines, where the variety originated. This bottle is pretty versatile to pair and is a terrific food wine!
Red meats - beef, lamb, veal, pork, game and duck all fares really great with this wine. Prepare the meats with a generous serving of herbs and spices to prevent them from getting overpowered. Either present the meats roasted, barbeque-grilled or in a rich, hearty stew to maximize the dish's compatibility with the Ampodium.
A glass of this full-bodied Syrah pairs well with slightly softer cheeses with stronger flavours - blue cheeses such as the gorgonzola or the blue stilton serves as a classic pairing.
|Dimensions||7 x 7 x 30 cm|