2017 La Landonne
2017 La Landonne by Guigal, Rhone, Rest of the World
From the time-honoured vineyards of Guigal in the illustrious Rhone Valley comes an offering that effortlessly exhibits the prowess of its terroir and winemaking craft - the 2017 La Landonne. In a year that proved beneficial for rich, exuberant expression of Syrah in this region, this exquisite vintage does not merely distinguish itself from others; it positively radiates singularity.
An Uncommon Vintage, A Uniquely Wise Investment
With undulating weather patterns marking the 2017 season, the Rhone Valley vineyards had to endure above-average heat coupled with bouts of humidity. However, the Syrah vines uniquely prospered under these conditions, ultimately providing unperturbed berries saturated with unprecedented character. Are you seeking an addition to your investment portfolio that speaks volumes of its defining year and noteworthy origins? Look no further than the 2017 La Landonne from Guigal.
The complexities of this wine are as vast as they are entrancing. It provides a symphony of dark fruit flavours—a harmonious medley of matured blackberries and fresh red cherries—perfectly combined with delicate woven notes of spice and smoke subtly hinting at its distinguished lineage.
The Graceful Imprinting of Mother Nature
Indeed, much like when Picasso met canvas and Brahms met symphony, Mother Nature's handiwork in 2017 has crafted an epically nuanced persona. A striking dark hue invites further examination, mirroring the intense concentration amassed from succulent Syrah grapes bathed in generous sunshine.
This is more than a wine; it is an eloquent testimony of an audacious year in the Rhone Valley. Its captivating layers are the compelling serialized tale of a heroic grape variety unveiling the unexpected charm of a challenging yet ultimately rewarding harvest.
This vintage is your accessible escort into an opulent world of sommelier-style investments. This wine rewards the discerning with depth, the erudite with elegance, and it promises connoisseurs an insatiable journey into the heart of Rhone Valley's terroir. Indeed, 2017 La Landonne from Guigal is an urging whisper to those who hanker for the truly unique and authentically rare.
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Scores and tasting notes
More marked by pepper and licorice than the 2016, Guigal's 2017 Cote Rotie La Landonne is also richer, rounder and longer. It's full-bodied, velvety in texture and offers a kaleidoscope of dark fruit flavors that gradually morph over the course of an almost never-ending finish. This vintage, La Landonne has it all.
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate, 19 December 2019