Tasted next to 2009 La Turque and La Landonne. Very dark, slightly purple in colour. On the nose opulent and quite ripe fruit - plums, red fruit, spices, raw meat, mocha. On the palate surprisingly accessible and sweet but not plush or flabby. The fruit is just gorgeous, the tannins are powerful, but round and well integrated. Spicy finish. Very very long. Amazing. Keep. 95-96+
Guigal La Las Masterclass with Brett Crittenden (Handford Wines, London): Young wine, rich fruit and oaky dynamics. More of an australian shiraz at this stage and definitely shows off the sunshine vintage that 2009 was. Closed but not austere and ha sno complexity. Very ripe almost sweet berries, caramelised berries. One to forget for many years we think and hope. Will not rate at this stage as we don't see the point.
EWS -- Cote Rotie Tasting: Deep, dark and aromatic, more masculine and serious than sexy d'Ampuis. Layers of flavors reveal coffee, roasted nuts, cherry, chocolate, swirled smoke. Not in love with the nose -- hint of cooked fruit. Believe this to be 100% syrah. Excellent, but by no means a perfect. Needs time.
Guigal: in the cotes blond. 1ha total. 42 months in new oak. No fining no filtering. No Viognier. 100% Stem retention. Very dark and deep fruit. Purple, plum fruit tones. A touch confected. Some spice cake notes. Oldest Cote Rotie going back to 1908. Vines over 100yrs old.
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