“The vintage-defying 2014 Côte Rôtie la Landonne offers more density, depth and concentration than just about every wine I tasted from the vintage. Inky opaque colored, it offers the classic darker fruits, smoked meats and olive tapenade-like aromatics as well as full-bodied richness and a crazily thick, unctuous texture that’s hard to believe could come from a vintage like 2014. Count me impressed and hats off to the Philippe and Marcel for this incredible wine.
One of the highlight tastings during my two weeks spent working in the northern Rhône was with Philippe and Marcel Guigal, who in this critic’s opinion, consistently fashion some of the greatest wines in the world. Looking at the 2011 Côte Rôties, which were bottled earlier this year, these are gorgeous wines that show the perfumed, sexy nature of the vintage; yet, they have more density, concentration and depth than just about every other wine from the vintage. Marcel characterized the vintage as charming and elegant, and while they’re insanely good even today, they’ll evolve gracefully and have broad drink windows. The 2012s should be bottled next year and this is another terrific vintage at this estate, which shouldn’t be a shock to anyone who follows the estate. The wines are already expressive, yet have more fat and texture than the 2011s, although maybe not the same level of focus or length. I suspect this is another vintage that will show nicely on release next year and age gracefully, with broad drink windows. The 2013s, in contrast, are inky, masculine, structured and not very much fun to taste at the moment. The extended elevage will help, but these will certainly be longer term prospects that will demand cellaring.
96 to 100 / 100 Points
– Jeb Dunnuck, RobertParker.com –