2013 e. guigal, cote rotie, la landonne
Why We're Buying
Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne proves that perfection is obtainable. Wine critic Robert Parker has given it not one, not two, but 11 100-point ratings. Not only does La Landonne deliver unparalleled quality, but the red wine also has a 40-to-50-year aging potential. After trying the 2009 vintage, fellow critic Jeb Dunnuck called it "one of the greatest Syrahs ever produced."
A thunderhead of dark ganache and espresso notes slowly rolls through, while fig paste, melted licorice, warm plum and blackberry compote flavors follow. A massive beam of graphite drives the finish to a crescendo, with fruit echoing. Best from 2022 through 2050.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The inky black-colored 2013 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is certainly one of the gems in the vintage, and it has more texture, depth and richness than just about every other wine out there. Charred fruits, black, black fruits, espresso, crushed rock and wood smoke all emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated Côte Rôtie that certainly shows a masculine style, yet still possesses incredible purity and elegance.
The most brooding nose of the trio of La La's with dark coal smoky aromas and dark stones, graphite and cocoa powder. Fruits are in the very dark plum and blackberry spectrum but flavors are held in a more savory mode with assertive, powerful clean-cut tannins that hold endless length. Truly a masterpiece. Best from 2022 and for two decades or more.