2014 Guigal Cote Rotie la Mouline

Syrah - 750ML
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JL 97 WA 97 WS 96 JS 95 VN 95 JD 94
JL 97

TheWineCellarInsider.com, September 2018

Not quite forward, but it will be approachable early, the wine is loaded with freshly picked flowers, licorice, herbs, black cherry, smoke, espresso, plum and earthy nuances. The tannins are soft, polished and present...
WA 97

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, November 2018

Floral aromas accent sturdy notes of grilled meat and almost delicate notes of red berries in the open, approachable 2014 Cote Rotie La Mouline. Medium to full-bodied, it shows great purity and a supple, silky, classic...
WS 96

Wine Spectator, November 2018

Offers a gorgeous mouthfeel, with a crumpled velvet texture that lets the raspberry and blackberry reduction, ganache and warm licorice notes tumble through while maintaining definition. The finish is well-embedded with...
JS 95

jamessuckling.com, August 2018

One of the more approachable of the “La La”, Côte-Rôtie trio. This has a wealth of wet stones, pepper and mixed, wild berries. Cedary oak frames the palate nicely with a super-dark core of rich plums. Sweet mocha laces...
VN 95

Vinous, April 2018

Glass-staining ruby. Lively, intensely perfumed aromas of red and blue fruit preserves, Moroccan spices, potpourri and incense are sharpened by a smoky mineral nuance. Juicy and pure on the palate, displaying seductively...
JD 94

jebdunnuck.com, December 2018

The 2014 Côte Rôtie La Mouline is up with the top wines in this more challenging vintage and has classy, elegant, and perfumed notes of spring flowers, black raspberries, spice, and hints of bacon fat. It’s an upfront...


Color & Type Red
Varietal Syrah
Country France
Region Rhone
Sub-region Northern Rhone
Appellation Cote Rotie
Vintage 2014
Size 750ML
Percent alcohol 13.5%
Closure Cork

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.

Allow me to introduce the exquisite 2014 Guigal Cote Rotie la Mouline. Hailing from the esteemed region of Rhone in Northern France, this red wine is a true testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of the renowned Guigal winery.

In the glass, the wine displays a mesmerizing ruby color that glistens with elegance and allure. The nose is greeted with an array of captivating aromas. Delicate notes of red berries dance alongside sturdy grilled meat, creating a harmonious balance that is both intriguing and inviting. As you delve deeper, hints of floral accents and herbal nuances emerge, adding complexity and depth to the bouquet.

On the palate, the 2014 Guigal Cote Rotie la Mouline showcases great purity and a supple, silky texture that is nothing short of extraordinary. Medium to full-bodied, this wine exudes elegance and finesse, showcasing a classic feel that is synonymous with the Cote Rotie appellation. The floral and herbal notes linger on the finish, leaving a long-lasting and silky impression that is both enchanting and memorable.

Esteemed wine critics have been captivated by the charms of this exceptional vintage. Robert Parker's Wine Advocate awarded it an impressive score of 97, praising its approachability, purity, and classic feel. Jeb Dunnuck, from jebdunnuck.com, hailed it as one of the top wines of the vintage, noting its charm and longevity. Vinous awarded it a score of 95, describing it as juicy, pure, and seductive with velvety tannins and a lingering finish. Jeff Leve, from TheWineCellarInsider.com, proclaimed it as the wine of the vintage, applauding its complexity, lift, and energy. Wine Spectator bestowed upon it a score of 96, commending its gorgeous mouthfeel and impressive texture. James Suckling, from jamessuckling.com, found it to be approachable and rich with flavors of wet stones, pepper, and dark plums.

With an alcohol percentage of 13.5%, this red wine is the epitome of balance and finesse. Crafted with care and attention to detail, it is no wonder that the 2014 Guigal Cote Rotie la Mouline has garnered such high praise from critics and wine enthusiasts alike.

In conclusion, the 2014 Guigal Cote Rotie la Mouline is a masterpiece in a bottle. From its captivating aromas to its silky texture and long-lasting finish, this wine is a true testament to the art of winemaking. Whether enjoyed now or cellared for years to come, it is sure to delight and enchant all who have the pleasure of experiencing its charms.