2001 E. Guigal "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie (Previously $400)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Saturated inky ruby color. Forceful, deeply concentrated nose features remarkably pure aromas of cherry liqueur, fresh blackcurrant, pipe tobacco, truffle, espresso, violet pastille, rose and exotic oak spices. A wine of incredible depth and sweetness, with almost painfully intense dark berry and plum flavors that expand and gain richness as the wine opens in the glass. Sappy and wonderfully long; shows a dense tannic structure but there's so much fruity and spicy intensity that the wine seems downright lush. Exotic Asian spices linger endlessly in the mouth, along with a sweet flavor of creme de mure.
Though not as open as the La Mouline, this is is starting to show an impressive range of Turkish coffee, roasted mesquite, singed iron and mulled currant aromas. The densely packed core has blueberry, blackberry and anise in reserve, while the seriously tannic finish may be the longest of the three "La La" wines in this vintage. (2011)
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2001 Cote Rotie La Landonne exhibits scents of new saddle leather, black truffles, melted road tar, vanilla, blackberries, and licorice in a primitive/Neanderthal style with huge tannin, intense concentration, and nearly mouth-searing firmness and toughness. Extremely powerful, rich, and backward, it will be drinkable between 2011-2030.