The iconic Guigal winery was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal and stands as one of the Rhône’s best. Holding prime vineyards all over the Rhône, the Guigal family owes its success in part to the cuvées produced from three legendary parcels that express all the elegance and complexity of the region’s exceptional terroir: La Mouline, La Turque and La Landonne. Affectionately known as the “La-Las”, Jeb Dunnuck describes them as “some of the greatest wines money can buy”.

Today we are happy to offer the 2018 releases from each of these incredible lieu-dits.

“all three of these 2018s will be candidates for perfection” – Jeb Dunnuck

The La Mouline lieu-dit in the Côte Blonde has been home to Syrah and Viognier vines for nearly 80 years and produces wines of great finesse, elegance and body. These floral wines can be enjoyed in their youth or cellar for a considerable amount of time and owe their silky texture to a small yet important proportion of Viognier.
The Wine Advocate’s Joe Czerwinski awards a fantastic 98-100 points, saying of the 2018 vintage, “this is the most complete, compelling vintage of La Mouline I’ve tasted”.
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The single-varietal Syrah vines of the La Landonne parcel thrive in the iron-rich limestone clay of Côte Brune. The wines produced from this vineyard are more powerful than La Mouline, bursting with dark fruit flavours yet offering remarkable balance. La Landonne takes the longest to mature of Guigal’s La-Las, but is always worth the wait.
Joe Czerwinski again awards 98-100 points and describes this 2018 as a “a brooding beast of a Cote Rotie that serious collectors will want to have in their cellars”.
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The vines of La Turque benefit from a unique microclimate with maximal sunlight exposure allowing the grapes to reach ideal maturity. Powerful and delicate, La Turque is halfway between the other two La-Las. Darker and denser than La Mouline but not quite as tannic as La Landonne, La Turque shows complexity and quality. Strongly expressive of its terroir, the La Turque vineyard is planted with 93-percent Syrah and seven-percent Viognier.
Joe Czerwinski awards 98-100 points and writes of the 2018 “Does the scale go higher than 100? Guigal’s 2018 Cote Rotie La Turque is a sure candidate for perfection down the road. “.
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Producer Description Vintage Unit Qty of Units Price per Unit Score
Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2018 3 x 75cl 2 £1,550.00 98-100 WA, 97-100 JD
Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 2018 3 x 75cl 2 £1,550.00 98-100 WA, 98-100 JD
Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 2018 3 x 75cl 2 £1,550.00 98-100 WA, 98-100 JD

 

Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2018:

98-100 Points | The Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
The 2018 Cote Rotie La Mouline is immensely seductive, offering up enticing notes of floral potpourri and red berries on the nose. Those strawberries and raspberries persist onto the full-bodied palate and through the long, lush finish, buoyed by supple, creamy-textured tannins. This is the most complete, compelling vintage of La Mouline I’ve tasted.

97-100 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
Scheduled to be bottled early in 2022, the 2018 Côte Rôtie La Mouline is a blockbuster of a wine offering full-bodied aromas and flavors of black raspberries, cassis, spring flowers, espresso, and violets. Coming from a steep, terraced, warmer terroir and fermented with 10% Viognier, it’s always the sexiest, more exotic, and seamless, as well as approachable, of the flagship releases. The 2018 will unquestionably pure a smile on your face as soon as it’s released, but it will ideally be given 7-8 years of bottle age and drunk over the following 30+ years.

Guigal La Landonne Cote Rotie 2018:

98-100 Points | The Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
Subtle hints of fresh pea shoots accent characteristic dark notes of roasted meat, espresso and black olives in the full-bodied 2018 Cote Rotie La Landonne. Rich, concentrated and velvety-textured, with ample length and plenty of ripe tannins on the finish, it should benefit from a decade or more of bottle age—once it gets there. It’s a brooding beast of a Cote Rotie that serious collectors will want to have in their cellars.

98-100 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is another wine that’s going to be up at the top of the scale, and all three of these 2018s will be candidates for perfection. Always the biggest, richest wine of the three flagships, it’s inky hued and has a primordial nose of blackberries, cassis, and currants fruits as well as huge ground pepper, cured meats, espresso, and underbrush. As Landonne as Landonne gets, it’s full-bodied, has a dense, powerful mid-palate, masses of tannins, and is going to be just about immortal

Guigal La Turque Cote Rotie 2018:

98-100 Points | The Wine Advocate, Joe Czerwinski
Does the scale go higher than 100? Guigal’s 2018 Cote Rotie La Turque is a sure candidate for perfection down the road. With more concentration and richness than the aromatic 2017, it seamlessly blends grilled cherries, espresso, black olives and even exotic hints of black truffle into a full-bodied, powerhouse that should drink well for at least two decades.

98-100 Points | Jeb Dunnuck
The 2018 Côte Rôtie La Turque offers meatier, more savory, mineral-driven aromatics yet has an incredible core of pure cassis and darker fruits. A straight-up massive wine, it has a stacked mid-palate, terrific freshness, and again, a purity of fruit that’s just off the chart. Despite its overall size and richness, it’s weightless and as graceful as a ballerina. It always needs more time to come around compared to the La Mouline and generally starts to drink beautifully a decade after the vintage

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