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  • Country ranking ?

    814
  • Producer ranking ?

    29
  • Decanting time

    5h
  • When to drink

    from 2020
  • Food Pairing

    Garlic Roasted Pork Shoulder

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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Vintage 2009

Score: 100  The 2009 Cote Rotie La Mouline possesses off-the-charts richness. Like all the vintages, it comes from the Cote Blonde and is co-fermented with 11% Viognier. Its 13.5% alcohol is one of the highest in all the La Moulines made to date, which shows you that these wines are never that powerful. Extraordinary layers of concentration offer up notes of roasted coffee, sweet black cherries, black raspberries, blackberries, licorice and hints of spring flowers as well as lychee nuts (no doubt attributable to the floral/honeysuckle character of Viognier). With its full-bodied, extravagant richness, the 2009 La Mouline should be relatively approachable in 1-2 years, and last for two decades or more. Robert Parker.

 

Wine Spectator - Vol. 9, No. 33 - Aug. 21, 2013

Score : 98

Dense and grippy now, with roasted alder, bittersweet ganache and freshly roasted espresso notes leading the way, though there’s a very dense core of crushed plum, black currant and blackberry fruit in reserve. A gorgeous charcoal stitching takes over on the finish. There’s loads of muscle, but also terrific cut and drive through the finish. Best from 2015 through 2040. From France. James Molesworth.

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Latest Pro-tasting notes

14 tasting notes

Tasting note

color

Medium, Purple and Bright

ending

Long, Flavorful and Vibrant

flavors

Meaty, Chocolate, Blackberry, Blackcurrant, Blueberry and Vanilla

nose

Youthful, Complex, Seductive and Refined

taste

Average in Acidity, High tannin, Well-structured, Perfectly balanced, Balanced, Youthful, Medium-bodied, Refined, Firm, Harmonious and Drying tannins

Verdict

Impressive and Sophisticated

Written Notes

Good looking normal size bottle. Colour is ruby red, and looking dark and bright. On the nose it is intense, complex, refined, seductive and generous. The taste is harmonious, elegant, refined, and average in acidity, full-bodied, with multi-dimensional, complex, well-structured and perfectly balanced structure. On the palate it is layered and has smoky, meaty, blackberry, chocolate and vanilla flavours. The finish is long, lingering, flavorful, vibrant and gentle. This wine is impressive. Perfectly stored bottles are still very worthy and will last well for another 10-15 years and decant at least over 4h before tasting.
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Information

Origin

Côte-Rôtie, Rhône

Vintage Quality

Excellent

Investment potential

Very Good

Fake factory

Be Cautious

Glass time

2h

Drinking temperature

16

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 Juha Lihtonen, Sommelier (Finland)  tasted  Côte-Rôtie La Mouline 2009  ( E.Guigal )

"Persistent, fresh and energetic with fine touch of bacon in the nose
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