2002 E. Guigal "La Mouline" Côte-Rôtie
*Collectibles* An amazing effort for the vintage, with black cherry compote and hoisin sauce notes layered with mineral, black tea, vanilla bean and dark cocoa. Long, supersilky finish is carried by fine-grained tannins. Drink now through 2021.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2002 Cote Rotie la Mouline is an elegant, perfumed and complex effort that gives up good richness and depth to go with classic aromas and flavors of smoked meats, dried flowers, incense and mature Syrah fruit. Incorporating only 5% Viognier due to botrytis (and capitalized), it nevertheless saw the standard four years in barrel prior to bottling. While 2002 was one of the most difficult vintages in recent memory, the quality here is a testament to this estate, and it’s a beautiful drink...(JD)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Bright red. Intensely perfumed aromas of cherry and redcurrant, accented by cinnamon and dried flowers; smells downright Burgundian. Silky, sweet and mineral-driven red fruit flavors offer impressive energy and focus, with just a suggestion of tannin on the back end. I find this really elegant today. (ST)
Dark crimson with ruby rim. Lovely sumptuous nose – no shortage of ripeness. Gentle – not a fruit bomb nor an oak bomb and so much the better for it. Quite forward and already lots of pleasure. Perhaps you can detect a bit of Viognier on the nose. Very fine, almost invisible tannins and (just) sufficient acidity. Apparently, against their initial thoughts, they ended up giving 2002s the usual 40 mths in new oak – and it has worked! You would never in a million years think this has had 40 mths of new oak. Muted after the '03 but beautifully balanced. (18/20 points)