Guigal   La Landonne

2014 La Landonne

By Guigal

2014 La Landonne from Guigal, Rhone

In the remarkable year of 2014, Guigal presented wine connoisseurs with an impeccable expression of its lauded vineyard La Landonne. The 2014 vintage carried with it an entangled romance of weather, inspiring harvest yields that captured both richness and an elegant minerality, making the 2014 La Landonne a compelling addition to any sophisticated wine investment portfolio.

 

Exceptional Elegance and Investment Potential

For those discerning investors who place a premium on quality and stability, the 2014 La Landonne from Guigal provides a combination indicative of well-honed expertise fused with the raw gracefulness of nature. The Guigal family, wine visionaries in their own right, have consistently produced some of the most exceptional wines hailing from Rhone. This specific vintage effortlessly carries forward this illustrious legacy.

The characteristics of this splendid vintage were largely influenced by consistent climatic conditions which propelled the Syrah grape, commonly recognized as the varietal king of Rhone. This created a wine offering not just complexity but also balance and profound potential for maturation - attributes revered by any wine investor.

 

Finesse Furthered by Unique Climatic Charm

The ripening season of the Rhone in 2014 demonstrated spectacular weather patterns that offered the ideal canvas for masterstroke vinification practices at Guigal. While the spring brought much-needed nourishment to the vines, the summer was milder compared to previous vintages. It’s this very game of contrast that elevated the 2014 La Landonne, providing it with a characteristic finesse and depth wrapped in resplendent hues.

Gentle interplay between cherries and smoke on the nose, ripe blackberry, and black currant swirling around a heart of chocolate and spice on the palate, supported by firm tannins, together create a persuasive argument for this wine's investment potential. In essence, the 2014 La Landonne from Guigal encapsulates the enchantment of Rhone, yielding an experience that is sensational, refined, and tantalizingly complex all at once.

This splendid wine not only tracks an upward path in investment returns but also crafts a riveting narrative about exceptional winemaking triumphing over alternating climatic conditions. It is a bottling that represents Rhone with integrity and exuberance, making it an irresistible choice for any astute wine investor.

Current market price

$2,400.00

12x75cl

Highest score

95

POP score

131.33

Scores and tasting notes

95

While the 2014 Cote Rotie La Landonne looked like the pick of the litter from barrel, now that it's in bottle, it's closed down a bit and is showing more of its stemmy, whole-bunch character. Medium to full-bodied, it's the most potent and concentrated of the La Las but considerably less charming at this point in time, with brooding, dark fruit, hints of espresso and black olive on the palate and a chewy, tannic finish. Give it at least 5 years in the cellar before checking in on it.

Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 31 October 2018

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