One of the powerhouses of the Rhône and a name synonymous with beautifully crafted wines from some of the regions finest vineyard sites. After 15 years working at Vidal-Fleury, Etienne Guigal formed his own estate in 1946, joined by his son Marcel in 1961 and by 1984, they had purchased Vidal-Fleury and took control of 35% of the Côte Rôtie harvest. They purchased the Château d'Ampuis in 1995, today fully restored, it is the headquarters of the estate and home to the Guigal cooperage. Marcel's son, Phillipe is the winemaker and Guigal produce a range of stunning wines from across the terroirs of the Rhône.
The 2004 Cote Rotie La Mouline displays soft notes of caramel, cola, bacon fat, litchi nuts, and honeysuckle along with the cassis and sweet cherry fruit. It is actually one of the most seductive and luscious of La Moulines to drink, and should probably be consumed in its first 10-12 years of life. Wine Advocate # 170 Apr 2007 Robert Parker (91-93) Drink 2007 - 2019
The seductive 2004 Cote Rotie La Mouline (11% Viognier is included in the blend) is soft, exotic, fragrant, and flamboyant. It possesses abundant amounts of Asian spice, black currant, raspberry, and smoky bacon-like notes. It should drink well during its first 10-12 years of life. Wine Advocate # 163 Feb 2006 Robert Parker (90-92) Drink 2006 - 2018
Bright red. Exotic bouquet of red berries, cherry, minerals and baking spices. Silky and sweet, offering fresh raspberry and cherry-cola flavors, suave tannins and gentle violet pastille and graphite qualities. Very elegant and impressively understated, with enticing juiciness on the finish. "This wants to be Burgundy," noted Guigal. International Wine Cellar 94-95
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