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Red wines that are more fruit-forward and lighter in tannin and body.
Medium bodied reds that go down easy, with smooth tannins and supple fruit.
Wines where earthy and/or spicy dominate the flavors – typically medium to full body.
Full bodied wines that have concentrated fruit and are higher in alcohol and/or tannins. Some need age.
The 1990 vintage of this wine was ranked #2 on the Wine Spectator's Top 10 Wines of 1994
La Mouline is a steeply terraced amphitheater on the Cote Blonde, a shape that shelters the 1 hectare site from the wind and acts as a heat trap. Acquired in 1966, this was Guigal's first single-vineyard Cote Rotie. The site is planted to 89% Syrah and 11% Viognier. This extra dose of Viognier gives La Mouline its more nuanced character, often called the most feminine of Guigal's Cote Roties.
"This has gorgeous aromas of warm tea cake, black tea and singed mesquite, followed by dense but silky structure that carries alluring plum, blackberry and licorice flavors through the very lengthy finish, where a sanguine edge echoes for added length. This has power, but it's more about guile and perfume. Best from 2012 through 2025."
"The stunning 2007 Cote Rotie La Mouline boasts notes of sweet lychee nuts, licorice, black raspberries, kirsch and a floral/honeysuckle character that one associates with white wines. Full-bodied and voluptuously textured with silky tannin, this beauty is reminiscent of the 1997 and 1991 La Mouline. Enjoy it over the next 20 years. "
The Wine Advocate
"Inky purple. Highly pungent aromas of cherry, blackcurrant, violet and cracked pepper. Sappy and sweet on entry, then firmed by dusty tannins, which frame the vivid dark fruit and violet pastille flavors. A spicy quality dominates the long, focused, energetic finish. 93-96 Points"
International Wine Cellar
The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Cote-Rotie. In these vineyards that are over 2400 years old, you can still see the small terraced walls characteristic of the Roman period. Etienne Guigal arrived in this region in 1923 at the age of 14. He made wine for over 67 vintages and, at the beginning of his...Read More About Guigal
The Rhone appellation furthest north, the translation of Cote Rotie is roasted slope, named after the region's very steep, south facing slopes that have ideal exposure to the sun. There are two main slopes, Cote Brunes & Cote Blondes. They are just as they sound, with the darker Brunes soils consisting of rich clay and iron, producing firm and robust wine. The...Read More About Cote Rotie
(seh-RAH/shee-RAHZ) It's a Smokin' Grape Syrah and Shiraz - same grape, different name. It's a popular and adept variety, growing in multiple regions and creating many different styles of wine. The home base of Syrah is the Northern Rhone, where it creates the exclusive wines of Hermitage and Cote Rotie. On the less pricy side, the Rhone makes Syrah-based wines in Crozes...Read More About Syrah/Shiraz
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