2017 Cote Rotie la Landonne
By Delas Freres
The 2017 Cote Rotie la Landonne from Delas Freres, Rhone
The bewitching journey of the 2017 Cotes Rotie la Landonne from Delas Freres finds its roots in the distinctive vintage of 2017 - a year of robust resilience, perfect balance, and sublime harmony encapsulated within each drop of this red elixir. Cultural ingenuity imbues this treasure with added value, making it an investable rarity amongst discerning wine collectors.
Passion and Perfection; a wine investor’s dream
Delas Freres is a sophisticated exposition of France’s timeless viticultural ingenuity. For the cultured investor, its exceptional wines are nothing short of flavoursome bound assets. Its portfolio phoenix is undoubtedly the 2017 Cote Rotie la Landonne.
Captured by its enticing nocturnal hue and its tantalising bouquet of black cherries, exotic spices and smoked earth, one realizes that standing before them is a masterpiece in viniculture. This wine exudes an intoxicating intensity which splendidly balances the structure delivered by its firm tannic backbone.
Your delectation in the dance between light and dark
The distinctively warm finish to the year 2017 brought about an unexpected duet between nocturnal maturity and solar vivacity. Out of this dance stemmed an extraordinary vintage - the 2017 Cote Rotie la Landonne.
Rhone excelled in this dramatic year, ensuring even ripening and excellent tannin development. This was a year when nature both challenged and rewarded winemakers, culminating in a wine with beautiful balance and complex character.
The duality reflects in the deep aromas of black fruit entwined with an undercurrent of molten chocolate. The luxurious flavours, with their invigorating echo of wild olives and roasted almond, create a multi-layered sensory orchestra. The opulent splashes of blackberry, liquorice and violets swathe the palate with impeccable harmony and enduring allure.
The 2017 Cote Rotie la Landonne from Delas Freres is an ambitious portrait of nature's subtleties, destined to become the centrepiece in any serious wine collector's portfolio. A bewitching testament to the art of winemaking and the spectacular prowess of the 2017 vintage, it invites one into an immersive symphony of sensorial pleasures that linger as a timeless finale.
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Scores and tasting notes
Bottled just two weeks prior to my visit, the 2017 Cote Rotie La Landonne shows more raspberry and blueberry fruit than most La Landonnes, adding those delectable nuances to more typical mocha and roasted meat notes. Medium to full-bodied, it's lush, creamy and long, with up to two decades of aging potential. It's complete and elegant without being showy, just lovely stuff. Tasted twice (once blind), with consistent notes.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 19 December 2019