A Great French Dinner (Indianapolis, IN): Beautiful purity of dark fruit. Meat, leather and tar, yet not remotely that of the Haut Brion. Black fruit and black pepper. Lingers in the mouth. Another complete and beautiful wine.
1990 Dinner at University Club (Chicago): My wine of the night and I am really loving La Landonne lately. The most expressive nose of the evening with intense black fruit, black pepper, and grilled meats. Big, bold yet elegant and silky in the mouth with a delicious floral streak. Bright and youthful. While there was plenty of detail, this was so youthful and energetic is seemed almost primary. Very very long finish with wonderful grip. Outstanding.
The Guigal La-La’s are some of our favorite wines and the 1990 was singing! Great fruit and fig on the palate with hints of grilled meat wrapped in rosemary. carbonized edges, sweet tannins and purple flowers. Quintessential sweetness of a La-La. Virtually perfect!
With each bottle of aged Guigal La Landonne, I become more and more impressed. I am not sure if this is attributed to the effects of additional age on the bottle, or on me, but my appreciation for this stunning wine grows every year. And why not? The levels of depth of flavor, raw material and concentration, complexity, balance, harmony, hedonistic tendencies and ageless quality are not found in any other wine. Still young, you can enjoy this now, or over the next 20 to 30 years, or maybe even longer!
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(E. Guigal Côte-Rôtie La Landonne) Slightly bricking medium dark red violet with floating sediment; shitake mushroom, truffle and earthy nose; mature, mushroom, tart plum, tobacco and mineral palate with depth; long finish 95+ pts.
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