e. guigal, cote rotie, la landonne 2012
Intense, with a serious iron spine that drives from start to finish, while the core of dark currant, bitter plum and black cherry fruit is held in reserve. The grippy and mineral-driven finish sports loads of tobacco, warm iron and dark earth notes, while displaying terrific cut and drive. A formidable wine. Best from 2020 through 2040.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The utterly perfect 2012 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is the star of three single vineyards in 2012. Possessing an off-the-charts sexiness in its layered, concentrated and full-bodied style, it has a wealth of fruit, ripe tannin, a stacked mid-palate and pedal-to-the-metal notes of black fruits, scorched earth, caramelized meats and crushed rocks. While this cuvée normally needs a decade to become drinkable, there’s a sweetness of fruit here that allows it to offer incredible pleasure even today. Nevertheless, give bottles 5-6 years and enjoy over the following three decades.
This really sends the expressive aromatics into overdrive thanks to a smoky, mellow and super-appealing sappy edge. Then cue a swirling lift of red berries and darker plums. Very complex. The palate's detailed and deeply flavorsome, showcasing rich plums, blackberries and dark cherries that are coated in fine dark chocolate. A wine of genuine depth and detail leading into a peppery, sappy and smoky finish. Drink from 2020–2030+. Vinified with 100% whole clusters.