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 impenetrably dark 2019 Cote Rotie La Landonne represents the essence of this fabled lieu-dit, combining peppery, herbal notions with espresso and roasted meat, all carried by ample plum and black cherry fruit. It's full-bodied, concentrated, richly tannic and long on the finish—simply a superb wine that should be flirting with perfection when it is released in a couple of years. Date: Feb 2022; Drink: 2025 - 2045; Rating: 98-100 Points; Joe Czerwinski; Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
Still very youthful, this has a deep nose of smoke, bitter chocolate and herbal liqueur. The gigantic tannin structure on the palate will need many years of further aging to completely resolve, but the tannins are fine which gives the super-long finish an extraordinary texture, like old-fashioned velvet. So much smoke and crushed rock character! A pure syrah which is then fermented with 100% whole bunches. Matured in 100% new oak for 42 months. Drinkable now, but best from 2026, and even then you should decant it. Rating: 97 Points; Stuart Piggot; James Suckling
An earthy style, with menthol, freshly turned earth and rolling tobacco. Full and dense, really quite massive. A driving, brooding style with a massive structure and huge, muscular tannins. The balance is impressive for such a huge wine, this has great length. There is some chewy oak tannin on the finish, but this will be a highly impressive wine, when it's ready. But don't open it before 2033. From lieu-dit La Landonne, onschist-clay soils with iron oxide and manganese. Fermented in stainless steel, aged in new barriques. Rating 97 Points; Matt Walls; Decanter
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