Delas Freres   Cote Rotie la Landonne

2005 Cote Rotie la Landonne

By Delas Freres

2005 Cote Rotie la Landonne by Delas Freres, Rhone

The 2005 Cote Rotie la Landonne from Delas Freres presents a microcosm of a remarkable vintage period for the Rhone region. This magical year offered an unprecedented combination of climate and conditions, producing a wine that embodies sophistication, vigour and strength of character with captivating grace.

 

Elevated Elegance: A Study in Terroir Brilliance

In the world of fine wine investment, Delas Freres represents a beacon of consistent excellence. The nature of its terroir - complex, captivating, challenging - shines through with every sip of the 2005 Cote Rotie la Landonne. Rainfall from previous years imparted enough moisture to keep vine stress at bay, while a bright and warm summer allowed for picture-perfect ripening conditions. And oh, how wonderfully it reflects on this pour!

Let's speak of Syrah - it's intriguing, daring yet somehow comforting. Picture a poised ballet dancer performing an arresting solo act under the spotlight. You experience similar enchantment with every glimpse into this garnet-hued spectacle.

 

A Visionary Vintage: When Weather Works Wonders

The singularity of 2005 in the Rhone region cannot be overstated - it was a year as astonishingly harmonious as it was generous, yielding a bounty of exceptional fruit. The resulting depth and concentration in each bottle echo the prowess of this extraordinary vintage - crystallised in the lavish textures and dramatic palate-arch of this Cote Rotie la Landonne.

Characterised by unadulterated, muscular yet seductively nuanced Syrah charm, this wine beguiles with delightful notes of smoked game, dark fruit and white pepper, layered over a captivating smoky minerality. The finish is long, assertive and fervently expressive, encapsulating the elemental resilience and formidable depth of the 2005 vintage.

Just as the finest strands of pearls are carefully matched for colour, size and lustre, this vintage binds together far-reaching dimensions of terroir with nuanced varietal characteristics to form a memorable tasting experience. The 2005 Cote Rotie la Landonne from Delas Freres is not only a testament to one of the most laudably consistent houses in an esteemed region but also exemplifies why fine Rhone wines remain an enthralling investment opportunity.

Market price (GBP)

£1,460.00

12x75cl

Highest score

95

POP score

97.33

Scores and tasting notes

95

I tasted the 2005 Cote Rotie La Landonne earlier in the year, and it showed almost identically this go around. Still tight, structured and backwards, with the tannic bite that’s common in the vintage, it gives up lots of charcoal, graphite and meaty dark fruits as well as full-bodied richness, a big mid-palate and building tannin on the finish. It needs another 3-4 years of cellaring and will be very long lived.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 3 March 2016

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