1998 Guigal Cote Rotie la Landonne
Syrah - 750ML

  • WA 100
  • IWC 97
  • WS 95

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WA 100
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, April 2002
The 1998 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a perfect wine ... at least for my palate. Its saturated black/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary nose of smoke incense tapenade creosote blackberry and currant aromas. It... The 1998 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a perfect wine ... at least for my palate. Its saturated black/purple color is accompanied by an extraordinary nose of smoke incense tapenade creosote blackberry and currant aromas. It is densely packed with blackberry truffle chocolate and leather-like flavors. The wine possesses high tannin but perfect harmony impeccable balance and gorgeous integration of acidity alcohol and tannin. It is a tour de force in winemaking. Anticipated maturity: 2007-2025.
IWC 97
Stephen Tanzer's IWC - Stephen Tanzer's IWC, January 2003
Saturated medium ruby. Incredible nose combines black fruits violet meat licorice brown spices cinders and tapenade. Dense and powerful with a strong flavor of bitter chocolate and great delineation of flavor. This has... Saturated medium ruby. Incredible nose combines black fruits violet meat licorice brown spices cinders and tapenade. Dense and powerful with a strong flavor of bitter chocolate and great delineation of flavor. This has the most impressive tannic structure of these '98s. Offers great breed and vivacity. Finishes with superb palate-staining persistence. The pH here is about 3.77 which is significantly lower than that of the 2000 version but higher than the '99.
WS 95
Wine Spectator - Wine Spectator, November 2002
Fantastic. This full-bodied pitch-black wine caresses the palate with a thick and opulent texture ultrasoft tannins and rich fruit then explodes with fresh vibrant intensity leaving a long trail of memories on the smoke... Fantastic. This full-bodied pitch-black wine caresses the palate with a thick and opulent texture ultrasoft tannins and rich fruit then explodes with fresh vibrant intensity leaving a long trail of memories on the smoke cassis black currant mineral aftertaste. Drink now through 2020. 830 cases made. -PM
Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Cote Rotie
Vintage 1998

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.