1978 E. Guigal "La Mouline" Côte-Rôtie

SKU #966015 100 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 I have had this wine more than two dozen times (lucky me), and it is one of the most thrilling wines I could ever drink. I loved it when it was an infant, and now that it may, or may not be, fully mature, I still think it is the quintessential expression of Guigal's La Mouline. The color remains an inky garnet, with no perceptible lightening at the edges. The celestial aromas include copious quantities of black raspberries, coconut, smoked duck, Asian spices, and violets. It overloads the olfactory senses. On the palate, this wine reveals unreal concentration, layers of thick, juicy fruit, beautifully integrated acidity and tannin, and a sumptuous finish that lasts for more than a minute. This seamless beauty is one of the greatest wines made in this century. If I were forced to drink just one wine ... let it be this! Anticipated maturity: now-2015. Last tasted 5/96. (RP)  (1/1997)

99 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Saturated medium ruby, the darkest wine of the series since the '95. Extraordinary nose melds dark berries, more exotic fruits, gunflint, gibier, truffle and minerals. Wonderfully dense and minerally, with an almost Hermitage-like flintiness and solidity in the mouth. A huge, superconcentrated, wild wine with great chewy extract. Finishes with solid tannins and great persistence. A great La Mouline, nearly a quarter of century young.  (9/2004)

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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