The 2009 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a killer wine. An extravagant bouquet of black truffles, roasted meats, licorice, ground pepper, blackberries, scorched earth and camphor soars from this muscular, dense, over-the-top, serious, masculine La Landonne. Built like Arnold Schwarzenegger was two decades ago, this enormously concentrated bodybuilder of a wine should hit its prime in a decade, and last 40-50 years. This is no trivial boast as the debut vintage of La Landonne, the 1978, is just reaching full maturity at age 34. 100/100 RP
Producer Information: E. Guigal
Etienne Guigal left neighbouring firm, Vidal Fleury in 1946 to set up on his own. In 1985 he bought out his former employers. The négociant is now run by his son Marcel.
The jewels in their crown are four exquisite vineyard sites in Côte Rôtie. Guigal makes this wines in a quite unique style using new oak barrels and then allowed to settle in both small barriques and large oak foudres. This allows the wine to settle naturally through its second winter. There is no fining or filtration.
Their other great wine is Condrieu, whose quality has been amplified since the acquisition of some of the regions finest.
The greatness of this estate prompted Robert Parker to write ‘I don’t believe there is another wine maker or wine producing estate in the world that has ever put together such an array of monumental wines as these.’