1997 Guigal Cote Rotie la Mouline
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 98
  • WS 97

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WA 98
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, October 1999
The deep saturated ruby/purple-colored 1997 Cote Rotie La Mouline is all silky softness. It boasts a striking bouquet of roasted coffee jammy over-ripe black fruits smoke bacon fat and new oak. This is a... The deep saturated ruby/purple-colored 1997 Cote Rotie La Mouline is all silky softness. It boasts a striking bouquet of roasted coffee jammy over-ripe black fruits smoke bacon fat and new oak. This is a gorgeously-proportioned voluptuously-textured low acid wine. It should be luscious when released in 2001 and will drink well for 12-15 years. Its balance is virtually perfect.
WS 97
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, June 2001
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... 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. 415 cases made. -PM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Cote Rotie
Vintage 1997

Winery

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.