Medium red-garnet color. Striking and intense nose of smoked bacon, cassia, violets, black cherry, vanilla, wintergreen mint. On arrival, delicate tannin and low acidity; matured and complete structure. Oak notes initially in the mouth, quickly mixed with enjoyable roasted fruitiness. Lovely medium intensity finish, slight tartness at the end. Bottle #3 of three.
This was certainly the best bottle of 1979 La Mouline I recall tasting. It was young, fresh, vibrant, serving up aromas of spicy, sweet cherries, fruit cake, freshly turned earth and herbs. Bright, fresh and clean, there was a mix of sweet and tart berries in the spicy finish. There is no reason to wait on this wine. If you have a few bottles, pop a cork.
Excellent. We had an overload (excessive really) of great Rhones on this night and it was interesting to try La Landonne, La Turque, Chave, La Chapelle and Clape in successive flights with proper food. This wine seems very young, but it was the most immediately accessible. Lovely smoke, garrigue, black berries etc.. My previous experiences with the La las have not been remarkable, but now I wonder if it is really just a matter of age. This wine could last for many more years, but is outstanding now.
Drank over 4 hours. Did not decant. What a treat. Beautiful, fully evolved nose of red berries, flowers, some meaty tones and plenty of spice. Similar on the palate with vibrant red fruit. I was very impressed with this LaLa. Full in the mouth with a gritty texture and a nice long finish that did have just a touch of astringency. Other than that it was superb.
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