Guigal La Mouline Cote Rotie 2011
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The 2011 Côte Rôtie La Mouline is still youthful yet has the vintage’s upfront appeal, and it certainly offers loads of pleasure today. Its youthful ruby hue is followed by a full-bodied, beautifully concentrated, opulent and ethereally styled Côte Rôtie with awesome notes of black raspberries, kirsch, cured meats, exotic spice, Acacia flowers, and just hints of subtle classy oak. Medium to full-bodied, seamless, and flawlessly balanced on the palate, it needs an hour in a decanter if drinking any time soon and has another 20+ years of prime drinking. The 2011 vintage gets overlooked, as it followed 2009 and 2010, but it’s a beautiful vintage with loads to love. In addition, the wines are upfront, complex, and already approachable.
The Guigal domain was founded in 1946 by Etienne Guigal in the ancient village of Ampuis, home of the wines of the Côte-Rôtie. 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 career, participated in the development of the Vidal-Fleury establishment.
Despite his young age, Marcel Guigal took over from his father in 1961 when the latter was victim to a brutal illness rendering him blind. Marcel's hard work and perseverance enabled the Guigals to buy out Vidal-Fleury in 1984, although the establishment retains its own identity and commercial autonomy. In 2000, the Guigals purchased the Jean-Louis Grippat estate in Saint-Joseph and Hermitage, as well as the Domaine de Vallouit in Côte-Rôtie, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage.
In the cellars of the Guigal estate in Ampuis, the northern appellations of the Rhône Valley are produced and aged. These are the appellations of Côte-Rôtie, Condrieu, Hermitage, Saint-Joseph and Crozes-Hermitage. The great appellations of the Southern Rhône, Chateauneuf-du-Pape, Gigondas, Tavel and Côtes-du-Rhône, are also aged in the Ampuis cellars.