1985 Guigal Cote Rotie la Mouline
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 100
  • WS 97
  • IWC 96
  • JG 94

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, January 1997
One of the all-time great La Moulines this still youthful and unevolved wine does not have the tannic ferocity of the 1988 or the sheer force and intensity of the 1978 1976 and 1969 but it represents the epitome of this... One of the all-time great La Moulines this still youthful and unevolved wine does not have the tannic ferocity of the 1988 or the sheer force and intensity of the 1978 1976 and 1969 but it represents the epitome of this single-vineyard wine. Everything fits perfectly in this full-bodied black/purple-colored wine that reveals no garnet or amber at the edge of its color. The nose offers up a formidable array of overripe black raspberries and cherries intertwined with scents of cedar chocolate olives and toast. Extremely full-bodied with an unctuosity and opulence that must be tasted to be believed this velvety-textured wine's finish lasts for over a minute. It is one of the most concentrated but profoundly endowed and well-balanced wines I have ever tasted. Like so many of the wines Guigal has produced from this vineyard no matter how hard one tries to articulate its glories words are simply inadequate. The 1985 is just beginning to achieve full maturity where it should remain for another 15 + years. Anticipated maturity: now-2012. Last tasted 8/96.
WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 1995
Vivid concentrated and complete this gorgeous wine is rich with kirsch floral vanilla and raspberry flavors that go on forever. Lovely now but better after 2000.--Guigal Côte-Rôtie vertical. -TM
IWC 96
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, October 2004
Deep bright red. Sauvage wonderfully complex aromas of raspberry underbrush truffle gunflint and pepper; a real perfume of the earth. Huge and sweet with a slightly roasted liqueur-like character and great intensity of... Deep bright red. Sauvage wonderfully complex aromas of raspberry underbrush truffle gunflint and pepper; a real perfume of the earth. Huge and sweet with a slightly roasted liqueur-like character and great intensity of still-youthful dark berry flavor. This has amazing backbone and grip for a 17-year-old Cote-Rotie. Sappy very long finish combines classic syrah pepper and hints of superripeness. Should go on for many years more.
JG 94
John Gilman - View From The Cellar, October 2016
I can vividly recall just how beautiful the 1985 La Mouline was from Marcel Guigal back in the decade of the 1990s, when there were few other wines from the vintage that could match its sheer beauty and extravagant... I can vividly recall just how beautiful the 1985 La Mouline was from Marcel Guigal back in the decade of the 1990s, when there were few other wines from the vintage that could match its sheer beauty and extravagant personality. However, at age thirty-one, the new oak in this wine is starting to poke out a bit more than was the case back in its prime, and the wine is not quite the seamless beauty it was of yesteryear. It is still a lovely bottle, but it has come back to the pack a bit, offering up a deep and complex nose of black raspberries, cassis, grilled meats, nutskin, coffee, a lovely base of soil and plenty of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied, complex and still in its plateau of maturity, with melted tannins and a long, classy finish. I would be happy to drink this wine anytime, but I remember when it was just a bit closer to perfection than it is today. 2016-2035.
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Cote Rotie
Vintage 1985

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Guigal

The Guigal Estate was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in Ampuis, a small ancient village and cradle of the Cote-Rotie appellation. It shelters a unique vineyard where the vines and the wines have been famous for 2,400 years. Arriving in the region in 1924 at the age of 14, Etienne began his career at Vidal-Fleury, participating in its development and working his way up to the position of cellar-master before leaving to establish his own company. He has vinified 67 harvests in Cote-Rotie.

In 1961, although still very young, Marcel Guigal took over management of the establishment from his father who was stricken suddenly with total blindness. In 1973, his wife Bernadette joined him and they worked together to develop the family business. In 1975, their son Philippe was born and is today the estate’s winemaker. With his wife Eve, he represents the third generation to continue the family business, in the service of the great wines of the Rhone Valley.

Their hard work and perseverance enabled them to purchase the Vidal-Fleury Establishment in the mid ‘80s and in 1995, they acquired the famous Chateau d’Ampuis, an ancient fort built in the 12th century, later repurposed into a Renaissance chateau during the 16th century. In a state of neglect and terrible disrepair, Guigal has taken on a colossal renovation, spanning nearly 11 years with over 100 people working on the project.

The Chateau d’Ampuis has become the headquarters of the Guigal Estate while the offices and the cellars remain in the ancient small village of Ampuis. While their vineyards span the length and breadth of what the Rhone Valley offers, the heart of the winery’s production is still Cote-Rotie, whose ultimate expression can be found in Guigal’s most famous releases: La Landonne, La Turque, and La Mouline.