A grower since 1971, his first vineyard purchases were a microscopic half-acre each in Côte Blonde and in La Landonne on the Côte Brune. The real breakthrough came when his father-in-law, Albert Dervieux-Thaize, retired in 1990, followed by his uncle Marius Gentaz three years later. Between these two legendary growers, Rostaing acquired over ten acres of very old vines in some of the appellation’s top sites.
Today, Rostaing can boast about his 20+ acres of the finest vineyards in and around Côte Rôtie. Most of those vines are between 60-70 years of age but he does have a patch of vines in the La Viallière vineyard that are over 100 years old. The wealth of vineyard holdings results in an astonishing array of wines.
From the Importer:
René strongly disapproves of heavily-extracted "monster" wines. He uses 20% to 30% new wood, but detests obviously oaky wines. He prizes mature fruit, but rails against some of his neighbor's over-ripe, "Australian" wines. His winemaking is the essence of "enlightened" traditionalism: marrying the best of the old with the new while producing wines true to their origins.
‘Ampodium’ used to be called ‘Classique’ and is a blend of several vineyards within the appellation, also 100% Syrah. René will modify the amount of stem inclusion and the length of the maceration depending on the vintage characteristics. He changed the name to Ampodium as a tribute for the famed village of Ampuis where the vines are planted. 1500 cases produced.