A 2.1 hectare site planted entirely with Syrah, La Landonne has been produced since 1978. Guigal acquired the vineyard from numerous small owners, building his holding parcel by parcel over a decade. The vineyard is on one of the steepest of the Côte Brune, a 45 degree slope on pure schist. This is often the most tannic and structured of the Côte Roties, and can take decades to reveal its true potential.
"This has very impressive depth and concentration for the vintage, with brooding espresso, barker’s chocolate,
charcoal and singed iron notes intertwined with roasted fig and steeped plum fruit. A smoldering bay leaf edge
lingers on the very grippy finish. A superb effort in a difficult year. Best from 2013 through 2027."
"The 2008 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a remarkable effort in this challenging vintage. Although harder edged than normal, it possesses loads of concentration along with abundant notes of roasted herbs, coffee, charcuterie, grilled meats, Asian soy sauce and black fruits. Medium-bodied and intense with moderate tannin, it should age well for 15 or more years.
The Wine Advocate