E. Guigal, La Mouline, Côte-Rôtie, 1995
Côte-Rôtie, Northern Rhône, France
La Mouline is one of the top wines produced by Guigal, along side La Turque and La Landonne – collectively they are affectionately known as the LaLas. The grapes come from vines located on the steep hillside of the Côte Blonde, with the average age of between 50-100 years. Production is an extremely small 400-700 cases per annum.
One of those moments when the reality of a wine more than lives up to the myth. The 11% viognier in the mix brings a violet-filled perfume and delicacy that caresses the inside of your mouth, aligned to the power, liqourice and spice of a sun-filled Côte-Rôtie syrah. Be prepared to sit back after each sip and let the achievement of this wine wash over you. Astonishingly good now, but will age further.
Taster: Jane Anson
Price: £300 In Vino Veritas