Had this New Years Eve and just got around to posting it. Nose of bacon fat, cherry, anise, and more bacon. Nice darkened color. A bit of wildness mixed in with intense dark fruit and exotic spice. Coats the mouth and lasts forever. Thanks to my friend Marty who encouraged me to put away a few LaLas. This has many more years of life.
A beautiful nose of smoky baconfat, black fruits and animal fur. Really closed at first on the palate but it started to blossom some late. Lean but has lots of depth with crisp acids and hints of animalistic flavors to go along with black fruits and dark spices. My sense is this will develop into a wilder, funky style of La Mouline which is definitely not a bad thing. Needs hibernation in the cellar for another decade at least. 93+
My goodness, a La La that I dig. Here we have a classic Cote Rotie nose of flowers and bacon, lots of bacon. No trace of oak on the palate (thank you), dark-toned fruit, bacon, broth in a feminine style. There is an understated power here that I like. Usually, I find the La La's too chocolate milky, this one is not, this is genuine. With Jon in London.
With 90 minutes of decanting, the wine served up aromas of fresh baked cherry pie, caramel, licorice, bacon fat, black pepper, camp fire embers, black cherry, spice box, flowers and forest scents. Fresh, bright, sweet, focused and concentrated, the wine pops with ripe, red fruits. Elegant, yet flashy, like a fine Versace suit, this is still on the young side. The finish is long, intense, mineral driven and packed with pure, fresh, red cherries. I'm looking forward to seeing how the wine develops in the glass over dinner.
The wine continued to improve in glass during the night. After 5 hours of air, it was still going strong. The famous La La wines are pricey. Not that value and La Mouline are something most people consider. But the 1998 La Mouline is one of the better vlaues out there for a really great vintage of the wine.
Once again the Lalala wines prove their case when against top wines in a blind tasting. This wine is ready to go although grows tremendously in the glass with some air. So decanting - which I didn't - would help the experience from the get-go. Very intriguing wine that you basically don't want to share.
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