2011 Guigal La La's: Lowest Price
2011 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline
2011 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne
2011 Côte-Rôtie La Turque
"A true year of terroir" -Josh Raynolds
I love 2011 in the Northern Rhône. The wines are lithe but concentrated, with detail captured in pinpoint focus.
Unsurprisingly, Guigal produced an incredibly strong cast of wines in 2011. And their flagship La La's easily rank among the best of the vintage. They are wines of gravity, of grand scales and crazy complexity and ageworthiness.
Guigal has essentially defined Côte-Rôtie for much of the 20th Century. Simply put, there's nothing like Guigal's La La's.
La Mouline, which is from the Côte Blonde and spiked with 11% Viognier, is silken, red fruited and delivers outrageous aromatics. While it has a decidedly feminine profile, La Mouline is an intense wine with epic complexity. In the pure, transparent 2011 vintage, La Mouline shines in all its beauty.
La Turque comes from an incredibly steep vineyard in the Côte Brune. Here you have a good dose of the spectrum of aromatic beauty that you get from La Mouline, but you get the dark fruit and earthy profile of La Landonne. More than just occupying a middle ground between La Mouline and La Landonne, La Turque delivers its own unique and compelling signature. The 2011 La Turque has an incredibly multi-dimensional presentation: there's layer upon layer of olives, earth, rock, smoke and dark berries that seems to persist forever on the finish.
La Landonne is one of Côte-Rôtie's greatest sites. La Landonne is in the Côte Brune. What Guigal does with the site is mind-blowing in its power and layered complexity. It's saturating, gripping, multifaceted and somehow fine and elegant, too. The 2011 La Landonne is a stunning example of the world-class heights that it can reach.
Guigal is Rhône royalty and the La La's are the jewels in the crown. They've long enjoyed a place on the pedestal of the world's best. The 2011s make clear why this is.
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2011 Guigal La La's
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate: 'Offering more spice, cured meats, chocolate, cassis and vanilla bean, the 2011 Cote Rotie La Turque is more sexy and open-knit than the 2010, with full-bodied richness, sweet tannin and a hard-to-resist profile. It should start to shine at a relatively early age for this cuvee, but still have two decades or more of longevity."
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate: "Scheduled to be bottled early in 2015, the 2011 Cote Rotie La Mouline is more perfumed, exuberant and approachable than the 2010. It exhibits a crazy bouquet of spice-box, vanilla bean, spring flowers and sweet kirsch, cassis and black raspberry. Full-bodied, seamless and elegant, with sweet tannin, it will be hard to resist in its youth and have 2+ decades of prime drinking."
Jeb Dunnuck, The Wine Advocate: "Possibly the wine of the vintage, and another candidate for perfection, the 2011 Côte Rôtie La Landonne has a level of complexity and intensity that’s normally reserved for the La Mouline. Exhibiting thrilling notes of dried flower, olive, earth, rendered bacon fat and currant and blackberry-styled fruit, it has a massive core of tannin, yet more than enough fruit, texture and concentration to handle it. I suspect it will be relatively approachable by this cuvee’s standards, but should still dish out tons of pleasure for 2-3 decades."