September 3, 2018 - Nice nose. Smoky and meaty. Mint appears with time. Definitely some oak notes, still after all this time.
High acidity, a little thin at first. Blue fruits.
Even though palate becomes more harmonious and fuller with time, this shows the limit of the vintage and what this wine can achieve.
October 31, 2017 - Ich hatte gehofft, diese Flasche könne mit dem Insignia zumindest grob mithalten, aber Pustekuchen. Kein Kork, aber ohne Kraft und Power. Keine typische Guigal Würze. 91
June 26, 2017 - Sour cherries with someiron notes. Tannins clean and tight. Very fresh. Needs 20 years to get some secondary funk.
March 21, 2017 - Drank all three La Las blindly from the same vintage side by side. Thanks Achim.
This one shows pungent black berries, mighty and still a baby even from this not perfect vintage, the acidity is enormously powerful, sometimes you feel the fruit behind this structure, no hurry to finish your bottles, 94-95
More elegant and finer than the La Turque. More structured, longer finish, the nose is the same, beside the fruit, oriental spicieness, 95
The spiciest of all 3 Lalas, very etherical with lovely eucalyptus, sweet cherry, very balanced, for me the most impressive, 96
November 20, 2016 - Food: Chinese
Duration: 7 hours
Nose: earth, tar
Notes: the unfortunate situation of this wine is good but will never open up. Second time trying this wine in 2 years, no luck. Revisit in 8-13 years. I'm sure I can give a much higher rating when the wine is more suitable for drinking but right now this will be tough.
October 17, 2016 - Shared with colleague - really enjoyed
May 31, 2016 - Aromatic explosion. Still oaky with vanilla hints on nose and palate. Fine tannins. Bit of licorice, spiciness.
March 9, 2014 - There is a lot to like about the wine, with its fresh fruit and aromatic profile, but this is an austere style of Guigal with some dryness in the finish. I'd decant a few hours prior to serving.
January 18, 2014 - Garnet, deep. Nose was of a big Cote Rotie. Dark fruits, hint of bacon fat. Mouth was the same and long lasting. Very good indeed but I was slightly disappointed as I expected more.
May 9, 2013 - This was brought by another dinner guest and trounced my bottle of Torbreck Factor (see notes). Apparently was decanted for around 3 hours.
Large pale rim. Big on the pepper with delicate, ethereal, floral nose. Lots of fruit of course but the tertiaries have dominated. Woo hoo!