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2017 Delas Freres "La Landonne" Côte-Rôtie

SKU #1449254 97 points Jeb Dunnuck

Outer quote mark The 2017 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is a candidate for the wine of the vintage and offers everything you could want from Côte Rôtie. Revealing a deep purple color as well as a gorgeous perfume of black raspberries, blackberries, toasted spice, violets, and spring flowers, it hits the palate with full-bodied richness, no hard edges, and ample yet sweet tannins. This remarkable effort has loads of richness and intensity yet stays weightless and elegant. As I wrote in the barrel reviews, it's atypically charming and forward, yet it's going to nevertheless cruise in cool cellars for upwards of two decades given its balance. Inner quote mark (12/2019)

96 points Wine Spectator

Outer quote mark Very well-built, with sleek and clearly defined cassis and blackberry fruit racing along, supported by a smoldering cast iron note and flanked by dark tobacco and fresh bay leaf hints. The long, mouthwatering finish features a white pepper echo swirling around as the fruit and minerality meld. (JM) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark Bottled just two weeks prior to my visit, the 2017 Cote Rotie La Landonne shows more raspberry and blueberry fruit than most La Landonnes, adding those delectable nuances to more typical mocha and roasted meat notes. Medium to full-bodied, it's lush, creamy and long, with up to two decades of aging potential. It's complete and elegant without being showy, just lovely stuff. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes. (JC) Inner quote mark (12/2019)

95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark Opaque magenta. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes minerals, black and blue fruits, pungent flowers, spicecake and black pepper. Juicy and precise on the palate, offering intense blueberry, cassis and candied violet flavors supported by a core of juicy acidity. Deftly blends power and finesse and finishes extremely long and minerally, with harmonious tannins adding framework and youthful grip. (JR) Inner quote mark (4/2020)

94 points Decanter

Outer quote mark Only made in top years, the first vintage of this wine was 1997. It's fermented in concrete then aged for 16 months in new or 1-year-old barriques. The 2017 is dark, spicy and brooding, with star-anise notes running through the damson and berry fruit. The palate is full-bodied, with a slight sweetness to the fruit, hefty ripe tannins and considerable cola oak. It's concentrated, ripe, intense and structured, with a long, fresh and spicy finish. (MW) Inner quote mark (10/2018)

94 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark Dark stones, graphite, sarsaparilla and black pepper, as well as a swathe of attractive spices and red plums. Black cherries, too. The palate has a very sleek and muscular feel with a smoothly delivered build of tannin and a spicy, elegant edge. Inner quote mark (10/2019)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Peppery, fragrant nose with powerful blackberry fruit. The palate shows some well-integrated toasty oak notes and the purity of fruit is excellent. Long, spiced finish. A great example of how full-on flavour can be achieved without extraction or overripeness. 17.5/20 points (RH) Inner quote mark (11/2018)

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