First and foremost René Rostaing is a Côte Rôtie Specialist. He is renowned for producing tiny quantities of extraordinarily refined Côte Rôtie wines, which in the words of Robert Parker are "reminiscent of Grand Cru Burgundy in their delicacy, elegance and sublime qualities."
René started out in 1971, with less than half a hectare of Côte Rôtie vineyards split between the Côte Blonde and La Landonne. His breakthrough was in 1990 when he inherited highly prized vineyards from his father-in-law Albert Dervieux-Thaize followed by his uncle Marius Gentaz-Dervieux (both legendary growers in the area). With the newly acquired vineyards René was able to quit his day job and devote himself full time to his passion of wine. Today his estate comprises over 7.5 hectares of Côte Rôtie, including several plots of ancient vines and a precious 0.2 hectare plot of vines in Condrieu.
René is a champion of terroir and typicity. In the quest to produce regionally representative wines the winemaking utilizes both a portion of destemming and whole cluster pressing. The percentage of which varies from vintage to vintage. Picking is done earlier than many domains with an eye towards elegance and balance rather than overt ripeness. New oak is used only for a small portion of each vintage, never more than 25%. The estate uses a blend of barriques and old 600L demi-muid.