"Guigal La Mouline is not a single-vineyard wine. It is a trademarked name. The first vintage for Guigal La Mouline took place in 1966. The vines were purchased from Joannes Dervieux. At the time, the vines were used to produce “La Cote Blonde”. However, bottlings of La Mouline were also made, some bearing green capsules. Even then, the wines produced from this site for the Dervieux family were considered to be among the best in the appellation.
"But as good as those wines were, Côte-Rôtie sold for so little money back then, that part of the already small vineyard was planted with fruit trees, most of which were apricot trees. When the vineyard was purchased by Guigal, it was a whopping .90 hectares. Today, it’s grown in size to one hectare of vines. It was not until 1971 that Guigal decided that ageing the wine in 100% new French oak barrels was better for the wine. La Mouline is usually the first of the three top wines from Guigal to be harvested. This is due to its specific, slightly warmer, precocious microclimate.
"Guigal La Mouline is a contender for one of the most exotic and erotic wines on the planet! The intoxicating perfume offers floral, spice, bacon fat, pepper, earth, truffle, black and red fruit, minerality, kirsch liqueur, and hints of white summer fruit in the aromas. The texture is unlike any other wine in the world. Guigal La Mouline is polished, rich, and concentrated, yet never overpowering. The wine is always in balance. La Mouline is one of the few phenomenally expensive wines that’s worth the money. La Mouline is a unique tasting experience that is unequaled by other wines. The production of Guigal La Mouline is quite small — on average, only 400 cases are produced for the entire world."
— The Wine Cellar Insider
Notes and Reviews
Jeb Dunnuck - The Wine Advocate (94-97)
Tight, unevolved, and borderline backwards (which is rare for this cuvée), the 2013 Côte-Rôtie La Mouline is a wine that reminds Marcel Guigal of the 2006.
It offers a terrific perfume of spiced red and black fruits, violets, lots of minerality and even a hint of damp forest floor to go with a full-bodied, elegant, seamless style on the palate. It’s not the most massive wine in the lineup, but it has terrific purity, fine, polished tannin, and beautiful length. It should dish out ample pleasure over the coming 20 years.
|Grape Varieties||Syrah, Viognier|
|Age of Vines||75 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||Terraced vines in the shape of a Roman amphitheatre. Gneiss with lightly coloured silicone soil and limestone lœss.|