E. Guigal Cote-Rotie La Landonne 2014
WA98-100: A candidate for perfection and certainly one of the most impressive wines in the vintage is the 2014 Côte Rôtie La Landonne. To find this level of quality in a vintage like 2014 is mind boggling, but hats off to Philippe and Marcel. Charcoal, smoky dark fruits, peppery herbs, licorice and tapenade all flow from this incredibly full-bodied, elegant, seamless Côte Rôtie, which has lots of tannin, beautiful depth and a huge finish. It’s an awesome wine that defies the vintage!
JD97: Last of the single vineyard Côte Rôties, the La Landonne comes from a lieu-dit on the Côte Brune side of the appellation (as does the La Turque) and is 100% Syrah. It too spends four years in new French oak. The 2014 Côte Rôtie La Landonne gets my nod for the wine of the vintage and has rock star notes of black fruits, smoked meat, underbrush, and black olives. It’s medium to full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, rich, and layered, and has more depth and length than just about every wine in the vintage. Hats off to the Guigal family for making such a stunning wine in a difficult vintage.
WS97: Intense, with charcoal and warm cast iron notes running through the dense core of dark fig and plum paste flavors. The edges show a singed apple wood note, with bittersweet cocoa powder details. Muscular, dense and driven, with the charcoal element giving this a slightly wild edge. Best from 2023 through 2042. 90 cases imported.