"Guigal La Landonne made its debut in 1978. Produced from young vines that average 35 years of age, the parcel is planted to 100% Syrah on the Côte Brune. The terroir is mostly granite, shale, iron oxide, and manganese soils. The vineyards are 2 hectares on the northern most portion of La Landonne. But it was not always 2 hectares. In fact it took almost a full decade of buying tiny slivers of vines in the La Landonne lieu-dit to put together the entire vineyard parcel they have today.
"Being that far north on the hillside, the vines are planted in soils that have up to a 45 degree gradient in some portions, making it an extremely difficult vineyard to farm. Tasting the wine, it is easy to see, it is clearly worth the effort. This is the biggest, most tannic, and sturdiest of the Guigal Côte-Rôtie wines. It also expresses the most minerality, along with blackberry, grilled meat, spice, tobacco, and truffle. La Landonne is 100% Syrah.
"It takes much longer than the other La La wines to mature. In its youth, the wine is firm and can be difficult to understand. But as it ages, it can be the most complex of the 3! It is also the longest-lived wines of the La La trio. Annual production hovers at close to 800 cases per year. The older I get, or is it the older Guigal La Landonne gets, I continue to gain a greater appreciation of this vineyard from Guigal, placing it above La Turque and even La Mouline in certain vintages."
— The Wine Cellar Insider
Notes and Reviews
Joe Czerwinski - The Wine Advocate (96-98)
The 2014 Côte-Rôtie La Landonne offers complex aromas of smoke, pressed flowers, cured meats, black olives and asphalt. Full bodied, rich and quite firm, it doesn’t show the early appeal of the other 2014s, yet it should ultimately be the pick of the three and the most long-lived. Impressive.
|Age of Vines||35 years|
|Vinification||Hand picked. Fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks with regular pumping over for 4 weeks.|
|Elevage||42 months in new French oak barrels|
|Soil Type||Limestone clay very rich in iron oxide|