2002 E. Guigal "La Mouline" Côte-Rôtie

SKU #1021965 94 points Wine Spectator

 *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.  (10/2006)

91 points 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)  (8/2014)

90 points 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)  (1/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 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)  (3/2006)

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Rhone

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

Cote Rotie