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    210
  • Producer ranking ?

    6
  • Decanting time

    1h30min
  • When to drink

    now to 2045
  • Food Pairing

    CALLOP AND TRUFFLE CANAPES

Parker 100 point: The 1976 is even thicker, richer, and more jammy than some of the other great vintages of La Mouline. In essence, it is something between a dry red table wine and a vintage port. Of course it is not sweet, but it is so concentrated; one simply does not see wines such as this except for 1947 Petrus or 1947 Cheval Blanc. The wine has thrown a couple of ounces of sediment. It offers a heavenly bouquet of sweet, floral-infused black-raspberry/cassis fruit. Extremely unctuous and viscous, with mind-boggling concentration, this wine has always been exceptional to drink, but it continues to defy the aging curve. I have drunk my last bottle, so I am dependent on friends for future tastings. This is one of the legendary wines of the century! Anticipated maturity: now-2007. Last tasted 7/96.

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The Story

La Mouline is a steeply terraced amphitheater on the Côte Blonde, a shape that shelters the 2.5 acre site from the wind and acts as a heat trap.  Soils are gneiss with lightly colored silicone containing limestone loess.  The site is planted to 89% Syrah and 11% Viognier, with the two varieties picked together and co-fermented. This extra dose of Viognier gives La Mouline its telltale aromatic complexity and additional softness and roundness; it is often called the most feminine of Guigal’s Côte-Rôties.

 

La Mouline is historically the oldest vineyard in Cote-Rotie, with walls dating back 2,400 years, and today its vines are the oldest in the region, averaging 90 years of age, with the oldest dating back to plantings in the 1890s, just after phylloxera. Acquired in 1966, this was Guigal’s first single-vineyard Côte-Rôtie.

The wine sees traditional pumpovers, 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.

 

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.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

20 tasting notes

Tasting note

ending

Long, Flavorful and Spicy

flavors

Blackberry, Pepper, Smoky, Meaty and Floral

nose

Intense, Ripe, Refined and Forward

recommend

Yes

taste

Balanced, Good texture, Developing, Firm, Rich and Elegant

Verdict

Intelligent and Impressive

Written Notes

The 1976 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline was oakier and even thicker, but a bit oaked out for my tastes.  While a touch square, exotic fruit developed.  Perhaps this vintage of La Mouline needed more time than I had to give it at this point (94+).

  • 94p
The 1976 is even thicker, richer, and more jammy than some of the other great vintages of La Mouline. In essence, it is something between a dry red table wine and a vintage port. Of course it is not sweet, but it is so concentrated; one simply does not see wines such as this except for 1947 Petrus or 1947 Cheval Blanc. The wine has thrown a couple of ounces of sediment. It offers a heavenly bouquet of sweet, floral-infused black-raspberry/cassis fruit. Extremely unctuous and viscous, with mind-boggling concentration, this wine has always been exceptional to drink, but it continues to defy the aging curve. I have drunk my last bottle, so I am dependent on friends for future tastings. This is one of the legendary wines of the century! RP
  • 98p
A stunning wine, that crept up on you. Initially in the shadow of the remarkable ’78, its silky seductiveness kept building. Plums and cassis on the nose, underneath a surface mustiness there was plenty of fruit, violets and blueberries and silk on the palate. Again, a little port like (without being ‘sweet’ or ‘syrupy’), and is reminiscent of ’47 Bordeaux in some ways to me curiously. A remarkably concentrated wine, with a velvety palate caress that kept getting more beguiling and profound, this simply beautiful wine has an exceptionally balanced, soy and blackberry accented finish. 97 Points
  • 97p

Information

Origin

Côte-Rôtie, Rhône

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Value For Money

Best buy

Investment potential

Good

Fake factory

None

Glass time

2h

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 1976  ( E.Guigal )

The 1976 Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline was oakier and even thicker, but a bit oaked out for my tastes.  While a touch square, exotic fruit developed.  Perhaps this vintage of La Mouline needed more time than I had to give it at this point (94+).

25d 1h ago

98p
 Georg Linde, Wine Writer (Germany)  tasted  Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 1976  ( E.Guigal )

"The 1976 is even thicker, richer, and more jammy than some of the other great vintages of La Mouline. In essence, it is something between a dry red table wine and a vintage port. Of course it is not sweet, but it is so concentrated; one simply does not see wines such as this except for 1947 Petrus or 1947 Cheval Blanc. The wine has thrown a couple of ounces of sediment. It offers a heavenly bouquet of sweet, floral-infused black-raspberry/cassis fruit. Extremely unctuous and viscous, with mind-boggling concentration, this wine has always been exceptional to drink, but it continues to defy the aging curve. I have drunk my last bottle, so I am dependent on friends for future tastings. This is one of the legendary wines of the century!
RP"

1y 11m ago

95p
 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 1976  ( E.Guigal )

"The last wine of the night, of this odyssey, had another complex nose with fruit that was super-charged in its plummy, cassisy and sappy personality. White pepper extraordinaire and the perfect amount of slate balanced out its fruit, and its palate was rich, intense, deep and heavy. It was a great bottle"

2y 12d ago

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 John Kapon / CEO / Ackerr Merrall & Condit, Pro (United States)  tasted  Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 1976  ( E.Guigal )

"Incredible nose, amazing, even ridiculous again! There was first some confectioners sugar and molasses, but behind those the classic aromas of great Cote-Rotie. Violets, bacon and even biscotti graced the nose, as did coffee and blue fruits our palate. The wine was super, super smooth, possessing a finesse and grace that only thirty years of age can"

2y 12d ago

97p
 Omar Khan, Wine Writer (United States)  tasted  Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 1976  ( E.Guigal )

"A stunning wine, that crept up on you. Initially in the shadow of the remarkable ’78, its silky seductiveness kept building. Plums and cassis on the nose, underneath a surface mustiness there was plenty of fruit, violets and blueberries and silk on the palate. Again, a little port like (without being ‘sweet’ or ‘syrupy’), and is reminiscent of ’47 Bordeaux in some ways to me curiously. A remarkably concentrated wine, with a velvety palate caress that kept getting more beguiling and profound, this simply beautiful wine has an exceptionally balanced, soy and blackberry accented finish. 97 Points"

2y 6m ago

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