2001 E. Guigal "La Mouline" Côte-Rôtie (Previously $400)

SKU #1052878 96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Dark red color. Pungently floral aromas meld smoky red berries, exotic rose petal, dried lavender and magnolia blossom. Dense and extremely sweet, showing an explosive array of red fruit flavors along with exotic floral and sweet tobacco tones and an overlay of smoky bacon and bonfires. A bright mineral tone sharpens the fruit, adding focus and precision to the flavors. The finish builds and deepens but maintains superb elegance and silkiness of texture, finishing on notes of wild red berries and rose oil. (ST)  (1/2006)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 A textbook example of the cuvee that possesses a classy, focused, and tight profile, the 2001 Cote Rotie La Mouline gives up plenty of vibrant berry fruits, pepper, herbed crusted game and bacon fat to go with a medium to full-bodied, juicy, fresh and pure profile on the palate. The amount of acid here gives me a slight pause, yet it has solid mid-palate depth, beautiful polished its tannin, and no shortage of length on the finish. Give it 2 to 3 years and drink it over the following decade or more. 95+ (JD)  (8/2014)

95 points Wine Spectator

 This is starting to open up, with spice-gilded layers of raspberry, blackberry and black currant fruit all woven with ample but silky tannins and backed by flashes of mocha, licorice snap and incense. The rich, powerful finish has a gorgeous velvety feel as it expands easily with air. (Web Only—2011)

Jancis Robinson

 89% Syrah, 11% Viognier, limestone and silica soil, fermented in closed stainless steel vats, 4 week cuvaison, aged in small new oak casks for 42 months. Deep crimson-garnet. Full throttle beef extract at first, gradually showing subtle smoky BBQ aromas, with the fruit dark and still somewhat hidden. If possible, even more alive and full of life than the Landonne. Remarkably juicy for such an intense wine. Very firm, fine dry tannins causing friction in the mouth but neither drying nor abrupt, just drawing it out across the palate. With time in glass, perfume and a note of chocolate start to emerge. Very good indeed. (18.5/20 points)  (10/2007)

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- Legendary wine-producing region in southeast France. Stereotypically speaking, Rhone wines are high in alcohol, and the majority produced is red. The northern Rhone is best known for outstanding 100% Syrah wines from areas such as Cote Rotie and Hermitage, as well as for fabulous white wines from Condrieu (where Viognier is king). In the southern Rhone, look for spicy, full-bodied wines that are blends of Grenache, Syrah, and other varietals coming from appellations such as Chateauneuf du Pape, Gigondas, or Rasteau. Wines labeled as Cote du Rhone or Cotes du Rhone Village (a cut above generic Cotes du Rhone) are frequently found here in the US because they often represent some of the best values on the market. View our bestselling Rhone Valley wines.
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Cote Rotie