Thursday 8 July 2021

Guigal´s La-La Wines From The 2017 Vintage

I was invited by Wine Affair to meet Philippe (through Zoom) and to taste the recent vintages from the great Guigal estate. A lot of fine wines but as always (see below), these three Côte-Rôtie´s towers over rest - world class wines that (still) isn´t absurdly priced as most of the wines at this level.

2017 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline
Usually my favourite in this stellar lineup, the La Mouline offers up a deep, perfumed nose with notes of violets, white flowers, white peppar and boatloads of ripe red currants and blueberries. Lovely.
The taste is cool, seamless and refined with fruit, structure, tannins and acidity in perfect harmony. Just give this beauty 10+ years and the perfect score is a given. Better than 2016.
98p   (tasted 2021/06)

2017 Côte-Rôtie La Turque
The 17 La Turque is the most backwards of the three, with restrained, deep notes of bakelite, plums, blueberries, meat and earth. Very, very deep.
The taste is very tight and concentrated with notes of violets, bay leaves, ripe blueberries, scorched earth and dry licorice. Very, very long. The 2016 was IMHO opion, at least at this stage. 15+ years.
96p   (tasted 2021/06)

2017 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne
Usually the most taut and broad shouldered, in 2017 La Landonne showcases a smoky, deep, fantastic nose with notes of asphalt, fried peppar, rubber, plums and the petrol scent at a gas station. Great wine.
The taste is just brilliant with notes of ripe blueberries, scorched earth, meat stock, green peppars and sweet violets. Rolls over the tongue like a Lamborghini steamroller. On the same level as the 2016.
98p   (tasted 2021/06)

Other wines tasted:
2020 Côtes du Rhone Rosé (88p)
2019 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Nalys (white) (91p)
2019 Condrieu La Doriane (96p)
2018 Châteauneuf-du-Pape Château de Nalys (89p)
2018 Saint-Joseph Vignes de l´Hospice (93p)
2017 Côte-Rôtie Château de Ampuis (95p)

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