1994 E. Guigal Cote Rotie La Mouline - 750ml
Wine Advocate - 95 points
The great glories of this house are its Cote Roties, of which there are now five separate offerings. The single-vineyard 1994s were singing loudly when I saw them in July. All of them scored significantly higher than they did during the two previous years, which is not unusual as Guigal's upbringing (elevage) of the wines results in better examples in the bottle than in cask. All three wines flirt with a perfect score. At this tasting, they reminded me of Guigal's 1982s - opulent, sumptuously-textured, forward, rich, precocious, flattering wines that will drink well throughout their lives. The 1994 Cote Rotie La Mouline possesses extraordinary intensity. A dark ruby/purple color is followed by a penetrating nose of sweet black raspberry fruit intertwined with aromas of coconut and apricots. Jammy black fruits continue on the palate of this full-bodied, silky-textured, sumptuously-styled wine that is glorious to drink - even from barrel. It is an amazing La Mouline that offers all the elegance, suppleness, and sexiness this cru merits. It should drink well upon its release in 1998, and last for 15 more years. (2/1999)
Wine Spectator - 94 points
Classy and sexy, thick and full-bodied red from the Northern Rhône, ripe and rich. Maintains a racy elegance and an un-oaky decorum that leave room for the terroir to show. Delivers deeply satisfying aromas and flavors that include wet earth, blackberry, toasted oak, spicy mocha, milled coffee notes and crushed black pepper, with a creamy yet intense finish that fans out with all the flavors. Brilliant now, it can only improve in the cellar given its impeccable balance. *Cellar Selection* (9/1998)
|Grape||Syrah / Shiraz|
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