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  • Country ranking ?

    322
  • Producer ranking ?

    11
  • Decanting time

    3h
  • When to drink

    now to 2035
  • Food Pairing

    Slow-roast shoulder of lamb

Parker 100 Points: This wine is perfect. It is undoubtedly the greatest vintage for Guigal since 1978. Take all the characteristics I described for the wines in 1998 and 1997, then add an ethereal lightness of character, surreal aromatics, and a seamlessness that is uncanny given the massive richness and layers of flavors this wine possesses. The explosive aromatics tend to be more exaggerated in 1999. The wine is more evolved and seductive than the 1998s, but its aging potential should not be underestimated. It has at least 30-40 years of life. In short, Guigal has performed a classic hat trick in 1999 with his La La's.

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The Story

In order to enhance quality the Guigals worked to acquire ownership in vineyards. Purchased in 1965, the just under one-hectare La Mouline plantation, which is located on the slopes of Côte Blonde, set the stage for the Guigals’ present reputation. Introduced the very next year, the La Mouline single-vineyard proved to be a smashing success, and the active acquisition of vineyards continued. However, it would be more than 10 years before the Guigals introduced their next single-vineyard wine, the La Landonne, in 1978. Just over 2 hectares in size, the plot was purchased piece by piece from 17 different small-scale growers.

The Guigals finally revealed their true greatness in 1984 when they acquired the oldest winemaker in the Rhône, Etienne’s former employer, Vidal-Fleury. This significant acquisition instantly made the Guigals the leading producer in the Côte-Rôtie region, giving them a 35% share of the entire region’s output. This new acquisition also gave the Guigals ownership of Vidal-Fleury’s La Turque plot. Introduced in 1985, the La Turque cemented Guigal’s reputation as one of the most prestigious producers of single-vineyard wines in the Rhône. The single-vineyard wines gave the Guigals the authority that helped them to profile their production from the Côtes-du-Rhône wines on. This is how Guigal evolved into the region's leading commercial AOC brand, whose only real contender is, for the time being, Paul Jaboulet Ainé.

 

A 5.7 acre site planted entirely with Syrah, Guigal’s La Landonne has been produced since 1978, after being planted in 1975 at the time of Philippe Guigal’s birth. Guigal acquired the vineyard from numerous small owners, building their holding parcel by parcel over a decade. The vineyard is one of the steepest of the Côte Brune, a 45 degree slope of limestone clay very rich in iron oxide. 

La Landonne is at the northern end of the Côte Brune and is the last vineyard to ripen, consequently its stems achieve full maturation and grapes are never destemmed.

   

The wine is continuously pumped over, and alcoholic fermentation and maceration last around 4 weeks.  Aging is for 42 months in new oak barrels made at the Chateau d’Ampuis cooperage.

La Landonne is typically the most tannic, structured, powerful and intensely concentrated of the Guigal single-vineyard Côte-Rôties.  It has great aging potential and is usually thought to take the longest to mature, though it rewards patience with its singular combination of fortitude and finesse.

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Vintage 1999

In order to enhance quality the Guigals worked to acquire ownership in vineyards. Purchased in 1965, the just under one-hectare La Mouline plantation, which is located on the slopes of Côte Blonde, set the stage for the Guigals’ present reputation. Introduced the very next year, the La Mouline single-vineyard proved to be a smashing success, and the active acquisition of vineyards continued. However, it would be more than 10 years before the Guigals introduced their next single-vineyard wine, the La Landonne, in 1978. Just over 2 hectares in size, the plot was purchased piece by piece from 17 different small-scale growers. The Guigals finally revealed their true greatness in 1984 when they acquired the oldest winemaker in the Rhône, Etienne’s former employer, Vidal-Fleury. This significant acquisition instantly made the Guigals the leading producer in the Côte-Rôtie region, giving them a 35% share of the entire region’s output. This new acquisition also gave

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Average Bottle Price

2016 2015 2013 2010
680€ +15.3% 590€ +29.4% 456€ +16.9% 390€

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

<10 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Full

ending

Long

flavors

Toasty, Blackberry, Licorice and Smoky

nose

Intense, Complex and Opulent

recommend

Yes

taste

High in Acidity, Concentrated, Well-structured, Complex, Full-bodied and Ripe

Written Notes

Deep, ruby colour. Very intense nose with very ripe cassis nose and hints of cooked root vegetables, Asian spicies, leathery, roasted oak – reminding of classic Médoc. Very tempting. Full-bodied, intense and vivid, with very refine firm tannins. Ripe intense supple dark fruit, superb balance. Still partly closed although delivering great appeal already now. Long lingering finish with gentle muscular tannic structure. Will deliver its best after 2020 and keeps well most obviously until 2040.

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Information

Origin

Côte-Rôtie, Rhône

Vintage Quality

Extraordinary

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 1999  ( E.Guigal )

Deep, ruby colour. Very intense nose with very ripe cassis nose and hints of cooked root vegetables, Asian spicies, leathery, roasted oak – reminding of classic Médoc. Very tempting. Full-bodied, intense and vivid, with very refine firm tannins. Ripe intense supple dark fruit, superb balance. Still partly closed although delivering great appeal already now. Long lingering finish with gentle muscular tannic structure. Will deliver its best after 2020 and keeps well most obviously until 2040.

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