1997 E. Guigal "La Mouline" Côte-Rôtie
*Cellar Selection* Thick and supple, this ultrarich red caresses the palate. Full-bodied, it's loaded with oak and fruit, tasting balanced from start to finish. Very dark, showing mocha, licorice, chocolate, blackberry, tobacco leaf, blueberry and lingonberry complexity and an incredibly long finish. Drink now through 2020.
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The spectacular, dense ruby/purple-colored 1997 Cote Rotie La Mouline boasts a complex nose of violets, peaches, and cassis. Soft, voluptuous, medium to full-bodied, and incredibly seductive, it is reminiscent of the 1991 and 1987. Anticipated maturity: now-2015. These tasting notes will not surprise any longtime readers. I have never made a secret of the fact that if I had only one wine left to drink, I would want it to be one of the great vintages of Guigal's Cote Rotie La Mouline. This wine's aromatic fireworks, sumptuous texture, and seamless personality represent perfection. While the percentage of Viognier blended with Syrah can vary from 8-12% (even higher in a vintage such as 1996), this remains one of the world's most intensely perfumed and compelling wines. (RP)
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark full red. Deep, superripe nose dominated by chocolate and animal fur; could hardly be more different from the '98. Then sweeter, fatter and full-blown in the mouth, clearly the product of a very warm summer. Surprisingly complex for a wine this ripe, with superb depth of red cherry flavor. Wonderfully round, velvety and long. (ST)