Saturday 16 May 2020
New Vintages From Wine Affair - Part Three - Five La La´s From Guigal
Last part of tasting notes from the tasting of recent releases from Wine Affair. And what a lineup!
2011 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline, Guigal
The first La Mouline (usually my favourite of the three La La´s) dispalys a laid back, smoky nose with notes of veal meat, velcro, violets, white pepper and dark flowers. Really fine.
The taste is intense and multi layered with notes of chrushed rocks, ripe blueberries, violets and a hint of tobacco. A gorgeous mouthfeel. Stunning. 8+ years.
97p (tasted 2020/04)
2012 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline, Guigal
The 2012 is more muted on the nose compared with the two other vintages of La Mouline, with notes of flower earth, dried meat, damsons and fir wood. Deep. Very, very good.
The taste is more expressive with notes of sage, damsons, forest floor and some lovely meaty notes. Very, very long. Very fine. 5+ years.
94p (tasted 2020/04)
2013 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline, Guigal
Dark and restrained on the nose, this beauty reveals scents of violet pastilles, raw meat, iron and flower water when you swirl the glass energetically. Really deep and intense.
The taste is young, tight and concentrated with notes of model clay, black pepper, violets and graphite. Long, long, long. Lovely. 10+ years.
96p (tasted 2020/04)
2012 Côte-Rôtie La Turque, Guigal
A candidate for perfection - just give it 8+ years - the 2012 La Turque oozes up from the glass with stunning notes of asphalt, perfectly mature blueberries, peppered meat and ripe flowers. Very, very deep. Hauntlingly beautiful.
The taste follows the nose with a taut structure and lovely notes of allspice, asphalt, incense, blueberries and ink. The finish goes on for minutes. Great wine.
98p (tasted 2020/04)
2013 Côte-Rôtie La Turque, Guigal
Last but not least, the 13 La Turque offers up a dark, tight nose with notes of violets, scorched earth, damsons and that distinctive smell of a fresh hockey puck. Very, very deep and promising.
The taste is taut and steady with notes of damsons, violets, asphalt, beef stock and dried flowers. Intense, sandy tannins. This will need time in the cellar, 10+ years. Very fine.
96p (tasted 2020/04)