Delas Freres   Cote Rotie la Landonne

2013 Cote Rotie la Landonne

By Delas Freres

2013 Cote Rotie la Landonne from Delas Freres, Rhone

In the world of fine wine, certain vintages are ear-marked for their outstanding quality and promise of longevity. One such example is the 2013 Cote Rotie la Landonne from Delas Freres—a wine that combines nuanced flavours with stellar craftsmanship.

 

Richly Distinct, a Choice Investment

The Rhone region in 2013 experienced a cooler climate which allowed for a slower maturation of grapes—subsequently influencing the unique charm of this particular legacy left by Delas Freres. Favourable weather conditions gave birth to remarkably balanced wines, making them ideal candidates for trial periods and long-term investment.

From the very first taste, a symphony of blackcurrant and smoked meat envelopes your senses. The Cote Rotie displays an intensity whose narrative is delicately woven through stroked vein of restrained oak—offering a delicious puzzle that insists on being solved.

 

Soil-stroked Beauty, Virtuoso Vines

Central to the pedigree of this vintage is the subliminal dance between soil and vine. The site’s schistous soil imparts an unmistakable minerality to the wine, further expanded by the masterful hand of the winemaker. Enhanced in its crafting, the 2013 Cote Rotie la Landonne is an expressive testament to the beauty implicit in its terroir.

Descriptions of incense, pepper, and olive tapenade mingle with harmonious subtlety against a backdrop of vibrant crushed rock, culminating in a finish that sings long after you've set down your glass.

To embark on an investment journey with the 2013 Cote Rotie la Landonne is to anticipate the satisfaction of potential dividends whilst also being willingly ensnared by its aromatic allure. Admit it or not, such are the dual facets posed by any wine investment and Delas Freres has woven them in enchanting harmony.

In conclusion, rich in character, braced with longevity, and imbued with the whispers of its terroir—the 2013 Cote Rotie la Landonne from Delas Freres is an avenue leading to wine investment that promises far more than a simple financial return. It's a ticket to a parade of sensory delights, inviting your palate to partake in the dance of elegance and intensity that this fine wine so beautifully choreographs.

Market price (GBP)

£1,400.00

12x75cl

Highest score

94

POP score

100

Scores and tasting notes

94

The 2013 Côte Rôtie la Landonne is a longer term prospect that will require patience. It offers youthful, yet beautifully pure notes of black cherries, roasted herbs, licorice and distinct minerality to go with a medium to full-bodied, structured, tannic yet balanced feel on the palate. Completely destemmed and aged in 40% new French oak, I followed this bottle for multiple days and it continued to gain more and more mid-palate depth, without losing purity or freshness. Give bottles 5-6 years of cellaring and enjoy through 2038.

Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate, 30 December 2015

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