2006 E. Guigal "La Mouline" Côte-Rôtie

SKU #1054414

95 points Wine Spectator: "Very perfumy and alluring, with lots of espresso, sandalwood and black tea notes all mingling together, while velvety crushed plum, fig and blackberry fruit glides in behind them. Hints of mesquite and iron play out on the well-integrated finish. Accessible, but will cellar easily too. Best from 2011 through 2032." (Web Only 2010) 94-96 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Youthful ruby. Intensely floral scents of raspberry, blackberry, cinnamon, allspice and smoky minerals. Open-knit red and dark berry flavors are strikingly pure and underscored by a tangy note of blood orange. Extremely fresh wine with excellent finishing thrust and mineral-driven persistence. With air this became even more floral and picked up subtle tannins; I'd bet on it being very attractive in its youth." (Jan/Feb 2010) 92-95 points Robert Parker: "The deep ruby/purple-tinged 2006 Cote Rotie La Mouline exhibits gorgeous notes of plum pudding, espresso roast, black cherry jam, and caramelized, exotic fruits. Full-bodied, fleshy, velvety-textured, and silky with superb richness as well as a sumptuous mouthfeel, this is a tour de force of hedonism and complexity. It should provide immense pleasure over the next 20+ years." (04/09) 13.5% abv.

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By: Chris Miller |  K&L Staff Member  |  Review Date: 9/26/2010  | Send Email
Believe the hype people. Got a chance to taste the La, la, la's last night, and WOW, what a treat. First was the La Mouline, and my note was "bacon, smoke, camphor, bacon, game, asian spice, did I mention bacon?" The wine is so incredibly seemless, even at this young age, that there is no way to tell what smoke is from the inherent varietal character of the grape or from the toast level of the wood. Of the three, this one probably needs the most time in the bottle to integrate, but is already demonstrating an excellent length and balance. Insanely good Cote Rotie!

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Varietal:

Rhone Blends

Country:

France

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Sub-Region:

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

Alcohol Content (%): 13.5