How do you say rock star? On this night, you said with 1998 Guigal La Landonne! Full bodied, fresh, lively, intense, pure, long, mouth filling and balanced, with a nose that never stopped and a finish that lasted even longer. Still young, the wine clearly improved with air. Wait another 5 or more years, or give it 2 hours of air.
Drank for the second time within 48 hours, though 13.000 kilometers apart. How lucky can a wine-lover be? Based on the earlier experience, wine was opened 12 hours and double decanted 4 hours before drinking. This did not open the wine completely, but the impressive intensity and purity stood out from the first sip. See tasting note below. This wine will be a stunner for 30+ years. The contrast with its sexy, approachable and utterly pleasant 1998 La Turque sister is striking.
A private tasting and dinner (Bilthoven): Double decanted. 100% Syrah. Very youthful, extremely energetic and concentrated, incredibly pure and powerful but completely closed, fabulous fruit, needs decades, an essence of Côte Rôtie. I could imagine this wine achieving perfection in 10 - 20 years.
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