Sixth of 8 2005 Northern Rhones tasted blind. Gorgeous nose of vanilla and cassis, cherries and dark berries. A plush palate of dark berries, licorice and espresso. Silky mouth-coating texture and long finish. Like all of the 2005s in this tasting, still very youthful and destined to rise to greater heights. Group's 4 and my 3 of 8. The vanilla note and richness on aromatics and texture were akin to number 8 and indeed those were the 2 Guigal "LaLas". (8 was La Mouline) Both were awesome but the La Mouline was better on this night to me. With only the Chave Hermitage slightly edging these out. Should be great for 30 more years.
I think I have made a mistake but someone else would have drunk it off the wine list had I not done it ... Initially I thought there was something wrong with the bottle. This wine is so forbidding, so dense, initially with a lot of acidity it onl very slooooowly came round during the evening. Damp leaves, forest floor, some tobacco leaves. This wine left a real impression by being so unapproachable.
New York Wine Experience Trip; 10/14/2014-10/21/2014 (New York City, NY): This famous vineyard is in the heart of the Côte Brune, offering a more muscular version of the Syrah grape than its Côte Blonde brethren, La Mouline. It contains no Viognier and, even after nine years, is still deep-to-opaque ruby. Blackberry, pickling spice, fig, tobacco and cocoa are only a few of the descriptors that can be applied to the nose and palate. Full-bodied, freshly acidic, seamlessly alcoholic and with substantial tannins, it is mouth-coating in the middle and finishes very long. This impressive wine is drinking beautifully now, although it may improve with even more cellaring. I would not hesitate to enjoy it at any time over the next two decades. Drink now-2034.
I liked this wine for sure.....And it was delicious. But the experience was marred by the wine's reputation and cost. Just kept thinking there should be a little be more in terms of a wow factor. Likely some bottle variation would explain why others have liked it better.
This will be one tasting note for La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque 2005. The Mouline was blood red with a slightly carmine rim. The Turque dark blood red and the Landonne was extremely dark with still a purple hue. The Mouline had a beautiful perfume with loads of herbs and spices and some graphite. The Turque also a lot of garrigue, esp. clove as well as ripe fruits and some (pleasant) medicine impressions. The Landonne had beside the garrigue and fruits, saddle leather, laurel and an enormous intensity. The Mouline on the palate concentrated with very juicy fruits, leather, bacon, garrigue, some sweetness, vanilla, good acidity, sticky tannin and a great length. The Turque had the same impressions and also ink and black olives. Also a great length. More firm than La Mouline but so beautiful as well with the same impressions on the palate! The Landonne really is a mouth full of wine with the most tannin and good bitterness. Maybe the least sweet, at this moment. The tannin is still the most locked and a little drying in the finish. Overall; three beautiful and superb wines with each their own merits. I will score all three the same: 96, but with one or more plusses for future expectations. The Mouline is the most elegant and juicy at the moment; 96+. The Turque holds the middle between elegance and future, but imho it has the best balance at least at this moment; 96++. La Landonne is the most reticent at the moment with the longest future; 96+++. For all three wines; wait until 2020 or even better 2025.
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