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Day June 26, 2004

Rene Rostaing Cote Rotie 1984 Cote Blonde

In a mixed case bought at auction awhile back, I ended up with Cote Roties from Rostaing, from 1981 and 1984. Neither is well-regarded, but the bottles have been well stored, the corks are in good shape, and given the other wines in the case, I really paid little or nothing for them. The 1984 is still nicely red, with a bit of brown around the edges, but a spicy and roasty Cote Rotie nose when first poured. I doubt the wine will last long in the glass, which is why I’m having it with dinner rather than at a tasting. After about 15 minutes, I’m tasting tiredness — a bit of soy sauce and iron, and a muting of the spiciness when first opened. It’s fading fast. There’s not much here but historical interest, but sometimes that’s enough.