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    48
  • Decanting time

    3h
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    now to 2040
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The Story

100% Syrah from Côte Brûne hillside known for its limestone clay soils with very rich in iron oxide.

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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2018 is now confirmed as one of the truly great vintages in the Northern Rhône valley. Due to the heat, the vineyards on the elevated slopes fared best, and Côte Rôtie, Hermitage, and the granitic-terraced sites in Saint- Joseph and Crozes excelling. The red wines are dense and concentrated, with exceptionally deep color and rich tannins, similar to 2015 but with even more intensity.

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Guigal La Landonne 2018 reveals a deep and inky purple hue, foreshadowing its intense and concentrated character. The nose is a captivating symphony of aromas, offering a profound experience. It starts with an abundance of dark fruits, with blackberries, black currants, and blueberries taking center stage. There's an enticing blend of violets, lavender, and crushed herbs, adding complexity and a touch of floral elegance. Subtle hints of black pepper, smoked meat, and a hint of roasted coffee beans contribute to the wine's depth.

 It is a full-bodied and opulent wine, characterized by rich and concentrated flavors. Dark fruit flavors continue to shine, with layers of blackberry, plum, and cassis. The wine's texture is velvety, and its tannins are finely integrated, providing structure and a lush, smooth mouthfeel. Complex notes of dark chocolate, licorice, and a hint of earthiness contribute to a long, layered finish.

The finish is remarkably long and persistent, with the wine's dark fruit and spice notes lingering on the palate. It leaves a lasting impression of power and finesse.

While Guigal La Landonne 2018 is undeniably impressive now, it has the capacity to evolve and improve over the next 10-30 years or more. It's a wine to savor on special occasions or as a testament to the excellence of Syrah from the Northern Rhône Valley.

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Origin

Côte-Rôtie, Rhône

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Jeb Dunnuck / The 2018 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is another wine that’s going to be up at the top of the scale, and all three of these 2018s will be candidates for perfection. Always the biggest, richest wine of the three flagships, it’s inky hued and has a primordial nose of blackberries, cassis, and currants fruits as well as huge ground pepper, cured meats, espresso, and underbrush. As Landonne as Landonne gets, it’s full-bodied, has a dense, powerful mid-palate, masses of tannins, and is going to be just about immortal.

Barrel Sample: 98-100

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