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11/09/2014: La, La La - La La Laaaa - La La La Laaaa - Hey Jude... - by David Thomas, Head of UK and European Sales

 

We are at times in a very privileged and spoilt position, tasting and enjoying wines that you often read about but wonder if you will ever get to see or taste. One lunch recently highlighted this fact to a ‘mind blowingly’ high level – a lunch exploring the single vineyard Cote Roties from Guigal; a mere 12 wines from 2002 back to 1968...

Etienne Guigal established his estate in 1946 in the small town of Ampuis in the heart of Cote Rotie – he had arrived in the area aged 14 in 1924 and through his life worked over 65 vintages in Cote Rotie. In 1961 Marcel Guigal, Etienne’s only son, was thrust to the head of the business when his father was suddenly stricken with total blindness. The wines of Guigal are known throughout the world, mainly thanks to the stunning value Cotes du Rhone, Gigondas and excellent Chateauneuf-du-Pape, but it is the single vineyard Cote Roties that lifted the estate to the iconic status it holds today.

La Mouline, annual production 5,000 bottles - First produced in 1966, this is always the first vineyard to be harvested (vineyard photographed). The vines sit in a perfectly formed natural ‘Roman arena’, with almost perfect Southern exposure meaning that the grapes ripen several days earlier than La Turque or La Landonne. One amazing fact is that the vineyard can be harvested in less than 4 hours, highlighting the limited nature of the wine. 11% of the vineyard is planted to Viognier, the rest being Syrah. Fermentation is as delicate as possible with little or no pigeage; however gentle ‘pumping over’ of the juice over the cap results in La Mouline being known for its floral aromatics and delicate nature. It is often considered the most elegant and silky of the three wines.

La Landonne, annual production 10,000 bottles - While not technically a single vineyard, La Landonne is produced from a collection of small plots on an extremely steep slope located in the northern part of the appellation on the Cote Brune. Having a slightly south-eastern aspect to the vineyard means that it is harvested just after La Mouline. The fermentation methods of Landonne are aimed to maximise extraction with a closed tank system and automatic pigeage; this, added to the fact there is no Viognier in the vineyard and the strong iron content of the soil, makes La Landonne one of the most concentrated and powerful wines in the world.

La Turque, annual production 4,800 bottles – Often seen as the hybrid of the other two wines, it is the last vineyard to be harvested and is the youngest of the three. Located in another almost perfect location with a southern aspect and gentle slope, it is the highest yielding of the three vineyards. One of the reasons for the late harvest is the noticeable higher acid levels found in La Turque which means that the grapes require extra ripening to allow high sugar levels to balance out the acidity. Fermentation is similar to Landonnne with closed tanks and considerable pigeage.

And so to the wines tasted – and I will list the wines first and then highlight a few that ‘stopped time’ for a few seconds over lunch. A couple of key lesson learnt from the lunch: all these wines require decanting and secondly each wine required time in the glass to express itself fully. These are wines that take time and focus to really appreciate how stunningly good they are. Production has not and in theory cannot be changed at all – the vineyards are what they are and nothing is ever going to change that.

 

La Mouline

2002, 1999, 1990, 1985, 1968

La Landonne

1991, 1990, 1989, 1986, 1983

La Turque

1991, 1990

 

Comments from the La Mouline

2002 - Often seen as a shocking year in the Rhone, still the wine delights in the aromatics and balance – it is not a blockbuster, but the elegance and complexity still shine through. 91 points

1999 – The most tightly structured and closed of the Moulines, this took a good 2 hours to begin to sing. It is remarkably fine and delicate, perfectly balanced and so exotic in aromas you can just keep smelling and smiling. Blackberries and dark cherries, spice and pepper. 100 points

1990 – Meaty and earthy, again with spice and pepper and hints of leather and dried fruits – this is drinking to perfection and it would be so hard to open this if lying in my cellar. Perfectly balanced and great length, lacks the pure concentration of the 1999, but my lord this is good. 98 points

1985 – Still showing such youth given its age, this was one of the wines that really needed time in glass to come alive, and given that it has had 29 years in bottle I’m not surprised. The slightest hint of florals from the Viognier, but then complexity of flavours is simply brilliant; a very special wine indeed. 99 points

1968 – Almost as rare as it gets from Guigal – this is just the third vintage ever made from the Mouline vineyard. Yes it is old with fading depth of colour and yellowing hue, but the aroma is intoxicating: dried fruits, leather, spice, fungal and earthy... once again the change over time is dramatic and with a couple of hours in glass it breaths life once again. 96 points

 

Comments from La Landonne

1991 & 1990 – Worth comparing the two legendary vintages alongside each other. Both are without doubt massively concentrated and extracted wines, immensely rich and ripe, but still with graceful elegance and restraint. A balancing act to be admired for hours. The 1990 just takes the post – it is without doubt one of the greatest young wines I have ever tasted, sitting alongside 1989 Haut Brion and 1990 Chambertin from Rousseau as perfection in a vinous form. The 1991 is so close that these could be identical twins, but with one very, very, very slight difference... 1991 – 99 points, 1990 – 100 points

1989 – Across France this to me is a vintage that expresses itself with reserved and hidden power; be it Bordeaux, Burgundy or Rhone, the wines seem to be perfectly balanced, perfectly extracted and perfectly poised – but these are wines that need time and space to develop and shine. Dark and brooding, with classic dark fruits and black pepper – a sleeping giant perhaps. 97+ points

1986 – The lightest of the Landonne as expected, the 1986 was slightly lost in this company – but had it been served on its own – then all around the table would have been singing about the wine. Still showing Landonne power and weight with lovely dark berry fruits and spice, leather and tar, this is a delightful wine with grace and great length. 93 points

1983 – Wow – another wine that is drinking to perfection and hitting its absolute zenith... dried fruits, liquorice, tar, spice, pepper, leather and game – this is just delicious – I’m sure 1991 & 1990 will become greater wines, but for drinking today this is the daddy. 98 points

 

La Turque

1991 – ‘Iron fist in a velvet glove’ – you can see instantly why La Turque is seen as the hybrid of Mouline and Landonne: stunning structure and power, dark fruits and pepper with floral and lifted undertones. I find this extremely sexy and intoxicating, but that is personal preference in style as opposed to intrinsic quality. Beautiful, beautiful wine. 99 points

1990 – There is something slightly off centre about La Turque – the loveable rogue of the three brothers. The 1990 is gamey and spicy, with beautifully pure fruit and dark berry flavours. It’s very rich with velvety tannins and beautifully balanced acidity. 97+ points

 

Let it be said that these wines are still undervalued on the world stage. Every single bottle of La La’s I have been lucky enough to taste, drink and enjoy has not disappointed and to be lucky enough to sit down over lunch and taste this range of wines is a truly once in a lifetime experience. I salute Etienne for establishing the estate and seeing the true potential of the vineyards and I applaud Marcel for continuing the journey and creating wines of such elegance and grace, poise and finesse yet with such power and weight. Undoubtedly these are iconic bottles and every wine lover should have some in the cellar.

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by Ben Robjohn (Private Sales)Read more

17/03/2011: The Mysterious Bottle of Leoville Las Cases 1975
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales)Read more

14/03/2011: Wine, Food and Chat
by Tom Chadwick (Trade Sales)Read more

10/03/2011: The World Series of Sake
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

07/03/2011: Elementary Food and Wine Pairing
by Gary Boom (Managing Director of BI) Read more

04/03/2011: One wine is closed, another one opens...
by Simon Eddleston (Private Sales) Read more

01/03/2011: Feeling Forty at the Old Tate
by Sam Gleave (Sales Director)Read more

22/02/2011: A Banquet in Jakarta
by Doug Rumsam (MD of BI's HK Office)Read more

15/02/2011: Eight Days a Week
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

07/02/2011: Robert Parker stops reviewing California wine!
by Jeff Leve, Bordeaux Wine News (Guest Blogger)Read more

31/01/2011: Babies and Bual
by Tom Chadwick (Trade Sales)Read more

27/01/2011: 50 Not Out
by Sam Gleave (Sales Director)Read more

25/01/2011: Tottenham 1 Newcastle 1... Climens 1 Yquem 0
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

20/01/2011: Running Through Burgundy, Lightning Strikes Twice - 2001
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales)Read more

06/01/2011: I'm all in! A Burgundy Dinner
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

2010 Bordeaux Wine Harvest, At Mouton it's between 86 and 96
by Jeff Leve (Guest Blogger)Read more

22/12/2010: A trio of Burgs from 1990
by Doug Rumsam (MD of BI's HK Office)Read more

20/12/2010: Weingut Robert Weil - Season's greetings & an outlook for 2011
by Thomas Chaffin, Export Manager (Guest Blogger)Read more

15/12/2010: Dom Perignon, Copacabanna and Body Paint... so what?
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

13/12/2010: The Adams Family Thanksgiving
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales)Read more

10/12/2010: Spreading the Wealth from your Cellar
by Christine Berenger (Investment Group) Read more

08/12/2010: LA LA LA LA - A Christmas Tale
by Gary Boom (Managing Director of BI) Read more

06/12/2010: An interview with David Ornon from Smith Haut Lafitte
by Jeff Leve (Guest Blogger)Read more

02/12/2010: Obsessed with Grapes - An evening with Olivier Krug by Guy Ruston
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive) Read more

30/11/2010: Roast Chicken & Other Stories
by Gary Boom (Managing Director of BI)Read more

23/11/2010: Magnum Madness
by Sam Gleave (Sales Director)Read more

17/11/2010: Back To The Nineties
by Lauren Shalson (Head of Marketing& PR) Read more

12/11/2010: Blind Bottles and 'Nose to Tail Eating'
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales) Read more

08/11/2010: Your Average Friday Night
by Lauren Shalson (Head of Marketing& PR) Read more

05/11/2010: Air Miles and Good Wine Part 2
by Sam Gleave (Sales Director)Read more

03/11/2010: Air Miles and Good Wine Part 1
by Sam Gleave (Sales Director)Read more

01/11/2010: Baby you're a rich man...
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

29/10/2010: A long time in coming
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

26/10/2010: China Tang and Tenuta Tolaini
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales)Read more

20/10/2010: Latest Harvest News for 2010 Sauternes
by Bill Blatch (Guest Blogger)Read more

15/10/2010: El Bulli and a Rayas of Autumn Sunshine
by David Thomas (Guest Blogger)Read more

12/10/2010: An Evening at Alfred's
by Tom Chadwick (Trade Sales)Read more

08/10/2010: Burgs at the Brasserie
by Sam Gleave (Sales Director)Read more

04/10/2010: Cravings Satisfied in Seattle
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales)Read more

01/10/2010: Old School - New School
by Gary Boom (Managing Director of BI)Read more

28/09/2010: Three Stars... in Mortlake?!
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

23/09/2010: An Impromptu Feast
by Doug Rumsam (MD of BI's HK Office)Read more

20/09/2010: Unfiltered with Gary Boom
by Rebecca Gibb (Guest Blogger)Read more

16/09/2010: I'm going to throw caution to the winds and have a sweet sherry -Bennett, Alan (A Private Function).
by Geraint Carter (Investment Group)Read more

14/09/2010: Some remarkable tastings
by Elia Leonardo (Trade Sales) Read more

10/09/2010: A well travelled bottle
by Doug Rumsam (MD of BI's HK Office) Read more

08/09/2010: The Wine Oscars - 'The International Wine Challenge'
by Lauren Shalson (Head of Marketing& PR) Read more

06/09/2010: Oh What a Week!
by Lauren Shalson (Head of Marketing& PR)Read more

02/09/2010: Champagne, Chateauneuf & Speed Boats...just your average week in the Paxos Office
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

31/08/2010: Deep in the countryside of Wales
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales) Read more

19/08/2010: Miserable Musigny and Champion Chambolle
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

18/09/2010: Burgundy for kings, champagne for duchesses, claret for gentlemen - but Barolo for BI.
by Peter Newton (Trade Sales)Read more

16/08/2010: Reach for the stars
by Christopher Jaubert (Purchasing) Read more

10/08/2010: Chicken and Rousseau
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

06/08/2010: ...go together like a horse and carriage...
by Geraint Carter (Investment Group)Read more

04/08/2010: Andale! Andale! Arriba! Arriba!
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales)Read more

29/07/2010: An Englishman in Wanchai
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

26/07/2010: Quintessential British '80s food & Burgundy Part 1 & 2
by Victoria Bournot (Head of Private Sales)Read more

23/07/2010: Everything In Moderation... mmmmm
by Peter Newton (Trade Sales)Read more

21/07/2010: Your Average Monday Night
by Doug Rumsam (MD of BI's HK Office) Read more

19/07/2010: A new wine, an old wine and everything inbetween
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

15/07/2010: A few notes on some interesting bottles
by Gary Boom (Managing Director) Read more

05/07/2010: Saturday 3rd July - An immovable rendezvous
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

30/06/2010: Guilty Pleasures
by Peter Newton (Trade Sales)Read more

22/06/2010: Donnafugata - A Sicilian Tasting Experience
by Elia Leonardo (Trade Sales)Read more

17/06/2010: '66 And All That: A World Cup Dinner
by Neal Martin (Guest Blogger)Read more

15/06/2010: Rusty's World Cup Smash & Bash
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

11/06/2010: Egon Muller @ The Ledbury
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

08/06/2010: Old Friends for Dinner Chez Adams
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales) Read more

04/06/2010: An Amuse-Bouche of Mature Bordeaux
by Doug Rumsam (MD of BI's HK Office)Read more

01/06/2010: Pichon Lalande in HK
by Doug Rumsam (MD of BI's HK Office)Read more

27/05/2010: Four Days at Decanter
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

23/05/2010: More bread please!
by Sam Gleave (Sales Director)Read more

20/05/2010: A drop of medicine with the 'Good Doctor'
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

18/05/2010: Gulls Eggs at The Rules Restaurant
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales)Read more

14/05/2010: 2009 Vintage Update -Champagne Philipponnat
by Charles Philipponnat (Guest Blogger)Read more

10/05/2010: Zind Humbrect Tasting
by Gareth Birchley, (Buyer)Read more

07/05/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 7 -
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

05/05/2010:
by Gareth BirchleyRead more

30/04/2010: Turning a blind eye to Cabernet Sauvignon
by Doug Rumsam, MD of BI (Hong Kong)Read more

28/04/2010: The UK Wine Merchants UGC XI v Bordeaux Cricket Club
by Phil Slocombe (BI's Burgundy Consultant)Read more

23/04/2010: Meet the Fockers NW3 dinner party
by Kristie Adams (Private& On-Trade Sales)Read more

21/04/2010: 1986 Bordeaux
by Gary Boom (Managing Director)Read more

19/04/2010: BI dinner at Cafe Anglais
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

14/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 6 -
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

13/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 5 - 7.20 wake up and no hot water!
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

12/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 4 -
by Gareth Birchley (Buyer)Read more

09/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 3 -
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

08/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 2 -
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

07/04/2010: Bordeaux Blog Part 1 -
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

02/04/2010: 2009 Bordeaux - A provisional Summary (6 of 6)
by Michael Schuster (Guest Blogger)Read more

01/04/2010: Back from Bordeaux
by Sam Gleave, (Sales Director)Read more

27/03/2010: 2009 Sauternes. A vintage to match 2001? (5 of 6)
by Michael Schuster (Guest Blogger)Read more

26/03/2010: 2009 Bordeaux: Right Bank power versus Left Bank richness? (4 of 6)
by Michael Schuster (Guest Blogger)Read more

25/03/2010: 2009 Bordeaux: Texture - Tactile Luxury (3 of 6)
by Michael Schuster (Guest Blogger)Read more

22/03/2010: 2009 Bordeaux - Pauillac Promise & Recalibration (2 of 6)
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

23/03/2010: 2009 - Bordeaux Beautiful/Bordeaux Brutal (1 of 6)
by Michael Schuster (Guest Blogger)Read more

22/03/2010: Pig's Cheeks & Illegal Burgundy @ Chez Birchley
by Guy Ruston (HK Sales Executive)Read more

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