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Wines from Côte Rôtie

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99
points

E. Guigal 2003 La Landonne Syrah (Côte Rôtie)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $450

Dense and rich but also incredibly complex, long and elegant, this is a momumental Côte-Rôtie. It’s darkly fruited and superripe, yet doesn’t lose its essential sense of terroir, remaining marked by scents of pepper and espresso to go with the chocolate and cassis fruit. Velvety in texture, this is the one of Guigal’s 2003 Côte-Rôties that demands a few years of…

 — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
98
points

E. Guigal 2003 La Turque Syrah (Côte Rôtie)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $450

This is breathtaking stuff, incredibly complex on the nose, where it features hints of vanilla, clove, cinnamon, cassis, pepper and asphalt. It would be a wine to sit and smell all day if it weren’t so delicious to taste. Rich waves of cassis fruit cascade over the palate without losing complexity, buffered by incredibly supple tannins. The virtually endless finish…

 — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
97
points

Domaine Jamet 2003 Syrah (Côte Rôtie)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $96

Sure, this wine shows the effects of the hot summer in its slightly jammy raspberry flavors, but there’s also incredible complexity to complement the fruit intensity—Asian spices, tea, pepper and meat, to name just a few nuances. It’s all wrapped in a blanket of soft tannins, but stays fresh-tasting thanks to great minerality despite low acidity. Drink now–2030 or…

 — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
97
points

E. Guigal 1998 La Landonne Red (Côte Rôtie)

  1. $175

This is almost certainly the most famous Côte Rôtie from the best vineyard in the appellation. It is a wine for power. Dry fruits and tanninc aromas give an immediate sense of structure and strength. On the palate, it is wild, savage almost, with huge tannins and untamed exotic perfumes. The wood—42 months in new wood—seems almost incidental to the power of the…

 — R.V.  (6/1/2002)
96
points

E. Guigal 2003 La Mouline Syrah (Côte Rôtie)

  • Cellar Selection
  1. $450

How can a wine be this hugely concentrated, yet remain supremely elegant? Espresso, black olive and floral notes zoom from the glass, backed by layers of rich, creamy cherry fruit, making this a complex, complete wine. Tannins are amazingly supple, imparting a velvety feel to the long finish. Drink now–2025 and beyond.

 — J.C.  (9/1/2007)
96
points

E. Guigal 1998 La Mouline Red (Côte Rôtie)

  1. $175

Even though the 42 months this wine has spent in new wood give it an intensely toasty character, the enormously soft, perfumed fruits and ripe, sweet flavors that go along with the wood produce a finely tuned, balanced wine that should age well over many years. As an expression of pure Syrah, there are few better.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2002)
95
points

Domaine Jean-Michel Gerin 1999 La Landonne Red (Côte Rôtie)

  1. $150

Here is a superbly rich and smooth wine. Aromas of violets and flavors of blueberries and red cherries along with dusty tannins, give this wine both immediate appeal and the promise of a good long-term future.

 — R.V.  (6/1/2002)
95
points

E. Guigal 1998 La Turque Red (Côte Rôtie)

  1. $175

A firm, dry, foursquare wine that has power and structure rather than the immediate perfumes of La Mouline, the partner cuvée from Guigal. This is the wine for those who want power with big tannins, and they don’t come more powerful or tannic than this. Its aging potential is enormous: after 10 years there should be more sign of the perfumed fruit which is there…

 — R.V.  (6/1/2002)
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