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Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne'

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2016

The Wine Advocate - Joe Czerwinski - December 29, 2017

92--95 Points “More tannic and structured than many 2016s, the 2016 Cote Rotie la Landonne will need a few years after release to resolve some of its rough edges. There's plenty of raspberry fruit to handle it, as well as those classic notes of black olive and tar to add complexity. Lovely grilled meat and tea-like nuances emerge on the finish.”

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2015

Wine & Spirits - Tara Thomas - February 01, 2018

93 Points "La Landonne makes some of the most intense wines of Côte-Rôtie, thanks to its steep slopes, iron-rich soils and location in the cooler northern end of the appellation. This wine started with a three-day cold maceration extended into a ten-day fermentation in open-topped vats with plenty of pump-overs and punch-downs before aging in new oak. It’s a mass of black cherry and plum flavor upholstered in the smooth, smoky sweetness of that oak—plush and flashy, and built to last."

The Wine Advocate - Joe Czerwinski - December 29, 2017

97 Points “With only about 100 cases produced each year, finding a bottle of the 2015 Cote Rotie la Landonne will prove much harder than drinking it. It's indeed a terrific wine but a bit closed and cedary at this particular moment, the 40% new oak standing out on the nose. But this cuvée has a long track record of excellence, so expect it to blossom with time in the cellar. It's concentrated and powerful but amazingly light on its feet, with firm, ample tannins that manage to convey a sense of ripeness as well. Tar, black olive, cassis and espresso elements all speak to the grape (100% Syrah) and the single lieu-dit origin.” - James Suckling - September 07, 2017

94 Points "Very impressive dark stony and peppery aromas with ripe blackberry and licorice. Attractive brooding style. The palate has a wealth of spicy blackberry fruit flavors. Plush tannins and a warming mocha-dusted finish. Drink from 2020."

Vinous Media - Josh Raynolds - April 01, 2017

93-95 Points Dark purple. Potent smoke- and spice-accented aromas of ripe black and blue fruits, licorice and violet, enlivened by a zesty mineral element. Sweet and expansive on the palate, offering deeply concentrated boysenberry and cassis flavors and suggestions of star anise, olive and allspice. The smoky quality repeats emphatically on an extremely long, sweet finish framed by smooth tannins.

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2014

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - August 01, 2017

94 Points "Shows excellent ripeness for the vintage, with a juicy core of red currant and plum fruit, backed by light anise, apple wood and black tea notes. Fresh acidity drives the iron-laden finish, adding cut and detail."

Vinous Media - Josh Raynolds - July 01, 2017

92 Points Youthful purple. An exotically perfumed bouquet evokes candied cherry, black raspberry and olive, along with complicating notes of pungent flowers, incense and smoky minerals. Sappy and expressive in the mouth, offering densely packed red and dark berry preserve, violet pastille and spicecake flavors underscored and sharpened by a jolt of juicy acidity. Shows outstanding focus and mineral-driven thrust on the gently tannic finish, which hangs on with serious tenacity.

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2014 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Jeb Dunnuck - December 30, 2016

94 Points Both of the Côte Rôtie releases are excellent wines. One of the most structured wines in the vintage, the 2014 Côte Rôtie La Landonne (100% Syrah aged in 40% new barrels) gives up terrific notes of black raspberry, cassis, toasted spice, graphite and crushed rocks. Possessing full-bodied richness and a concentrated and beautifully-textured style, with building tannin, it should be given 3-4 years of cellaring and enjoyed over the following 10-15 years.

Vinous Media - Josh Raynolds - March 28, 2016

93-95 Points Dark purple. Deep-pitched black and blue fruit and candied licorice scents are lifted and sharpened by peppery spice and mineral notes. Stains the palate with sweet blueberry and cherry cola flavors that stretch out and deepen with air. Shows a plush, seamless texture and finishes extremely long and sappy; smooth tannins build slowly and meld effortlessly with the intense dark fruit.

Wine Enthusiast - Jeb Dunnuck - December 30, 2015

92-94 Points Grange’s 2014 Côte Rôtie La Landonne looks to be a medium to full-bodied, elegant, layered Côte Rôtie that has the classic warm spice, caramelized meat, graphite and sweet black raspberry fruit that’s common for this cuvee. Inky colored, opaque, and concentrated, with building, yet ripe tannin, it has terrific depth and richness, and should easily be in the handful of top wines from the appellation. It’s worth noting that the new oak has been slowly walked back (I think for the better), and this cuvee now spends 18 months in just 40% new French oak.

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2013 Archived REVIEWS - Josh Raynolds - March 28, 2016

94 Points "Inky ruby. Fresh blueberry, cassis, candied flowers and smoky bacon on the intensely perfumed nose, along with a mineral topnote and a hint of allspice. Broad, sappy and concentrated, offering sweet, palate-staining dark fruit and spicecake flavors complemented by hints of anise and bitter chocolate. Finishes sweet, broad and very long, conveying a suggestion of violet pastille; soft tannins come in slowly."

The Wine Advocate - Jeb Dunnuck - December 31, 2015

94+ Points "The 2013 Côte Rôtie la Landonne is a longer term prospect that will require patience. It offers youthful, yet beautifully pure notes of black cherries, roasted herbs, licorice and distinct minerality to go with a medium to full-bodied, structured, tannic yet balanced feel on the palate. Completely destemmed and aged in 40% new French oak, I followed this bottle for multiple days and it continued to gain more and more mid-palate depth, without losing purity or freshness. Give bottles 5-6 years of cellaring and enjoy through 2038."

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - December 09, 2015

93 Points "Very solid, with a loamy edge that melds slowly into the core of steeped plum and blackberry fruit, while smoldering alder, bay and dark olive notes flitter throughout. Cellar for maximum effect. Best from 2018 through 2024." - Josh Raynolds - February 01, 2015

92-94 Points "Dark purple. Heady, mineral-accented aromas of blueberry, cherry-cola, violet and incense, with a smoky note expanding in the glass. Palate-staining black and blue fruit flavors pick up notes of spicecake and candied flowers as the wine opens in the glass. Powerful but lithe and precise, finishing with superb clarity and sneaky tannins that come in late."

The Wine Advocate - Jeb Dunnuck - December 30, 2014

94-97 Points "More rich, textured and concentrated, the inky color 2013 Côte Rôtie La Landonne should be up there with the top few wines in the vintage. Serious on all accounts, with vibrant notes of smoked earth, liquid rock and a plethora of sweet dark berry fruit, this full-bodied Côte Rôtie has thrilling purity, a seamless, layered texture and blockbuster length. My notes finish with “I hope it shows this well from bottle”."

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2012 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - February 18, 2015

95 Points Hot Wine "Red Rather tightly packed, with loganberry, bitter plum and raspberry coulis notes forming the core, while bay, black tea and anise accents add range and extend the finish. A lovely lavender hint echoes at the very end. Best from 2017 through 2027." - Josh Raynolds - February 01, 2015

94 Points "Inky ruby. Vibrant cherry and black raspberry aromas are complemented by smoky minerals and suave floral pastille and spicecake qualities. Concentrated red fruit flavors are sappy and focused, with hints of cola and licorice adding depth. Silky, smoky and broad on the strikingly long, incisive finish, which features gentle tannins and lingering floral and mineral qualities. 2019-2035"

The Wine Advocate - Jeb Dunnuck - December 30, 2014

95 Points "Showing even better from bottle than barrel, the 2012 Côte Rôtie La Landonne is a fabulous effort that oozes notions of cassis, black raspberry, violet, incense and spice-box. Medium to full-bodied, with a gorgeous mid-palate and building, fine tannin, enjoy this ripe, layered, textured beauty over the coming 10-15 years. Made from 100% Syrah aged in new barrels, it’s gorgeous."

International Wine Cellar - Josh Raynolds - April 01, 2014

92-94 Points 'Vivid purple. A hugely perfumed bouquet evokes smoky blackberry, blueberry, potpourri and cola. Seamless and sweet, offering energetic dark berry and licorice flavors and an exotic floral pastille quality. Gains richness with air and finishes very long, with lingering sweetness, floral character and smooth tannins. Powerful but balanced and lively, even elegant.'

The Wine Advocate - Jeb Dunnuck - December 01, 2013

92-94 Points "More substantial, with incredible purity of fruit, the 2012 Cote Rotie La Landonne gives up brilliant aromas and flavors of violets, wild flowers, smoked bacon, toast and chocolaty, black raspberry-styled fruit. Medium to full-bodied, with building, fine tannin, there’s some creaminess to the texture, and its polished, seamless profile will be hard to resist on release."

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2011 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Josh Raynolds - April 01, 2013

91-93 Points "Vivid ruby. Explosive, mineral- and spice-accented aromas of red and dark berry preserves, incense and potpourri, with a bright mineral overtone. Offers sappy black raspberry and blueberry flavors, along with notes of candied licorice and violets. Gains flesh and weight with aeration and finishes on a gently tannic, floral note."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - December 01, 2012

92-94 Points "The 2011 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a rich, full-bodied, muscular effort displaying notes of tar, barbecue smoke, roasted meats, game and lots of black currant and blackberry fruit. Some incense, espresso roast and chocolaty notes are also present in this complex, surprisingly evolved and elegant, young Cote Rotie La Landonne. It should drink well for 10-15 years."

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2010 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - July 17, 2013

96 Points Top N Rhone "A warm, plush style, with lots of cocoa powder-dusted fig, boysenberry and blackberry compote notes, followed by a strong charcoal spine that carries the long, smoldering finish. A terrific minerality is buried underneath the thickly layered fruit. Impressive. Best from 2015 through 2030."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - December 2012

98+ Points "Flirting with perfection, the 2010 Cote Rotie La Landonne offers up scents of black truffles, incense, smoked game, creosote, spring flowers and black fruits. Full-bodied with mouth-staining tannin as well as mouth-saturating extract and richness, this powerful, strikingly intense 2010 is young and unevolved, but it is filled with potential. Interestingly, Jacques Grange told me this cuvee was made from 100% destemmed fruit. "

International Wine Cellar - Josh Raynolds - April 2012

93-95 Points "Inky purple. Smoky dark berries and cherry-vanilla on the exotically perfumed nose. Picks up incense and bacon fat with air, along with suggestions of clove and star anise. Intense flavors of spiced cherry and blackberry are enlivened by zesty minerality and given shape by supple tannins. This plush, suave, alluring wine finishes with intense sweetness and a late jolt of fruitcake."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - December 2011

96-100 Points "The black-colored 2010 Cote Rotie La Landonne displays notes of charcoal, black truffles, creosote, blackberries, incense, subtle barbecue smoke and hints of espresso as well as white chocolate. This amazingly complex, full-bodied, powerful 2010 will need 7-8 years of cellaring, and should last three decades or more."

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2009 Archived REVIEWS

International Wine Cellar - Josh Raynolds - April 2012

94 Points "An explosive, heady bouquet evokes red and dark berry preserves, incense, Asian spices and potpourri; you could scent a room with this stuff. Palate-staining raspberry and blueberry flavors are lifted by zesty mineral and spice notes and show outstanding vivacity and focus. Pure, energetic and sweet on the finish, which refuses to let up. Grange told me that the reason Delas doesn't make this wine every year--as in 2008, for example--'is because we want it to be a truly great expression of Cote-Rotie or not to exist at all. If it isn't superb, it doesn't get bottled, period.'"

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - December 2011

98+ Points "As I reported last year, the black/purple-tinged 2009 Cote Rotie La Landonne is an extraordinary effort. Made in a more open-knit, exuberant, flamboyant style, it possesses many of the same characteristics as the 2010, but with silkier tannins and lots of glycerin, smoked meat, violet, black currant, licorice, pepper and charcuterie characteristics. With super intensity, a full-bodied mouthfeel, lower acidity than the 2010 and sweeter tannin, it should drink well for 30+ years."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - February 2011

98-100 Points "Delas's two luxury cuvees are both candidates for perfection. As good as the single vineyard Cote Roties of Guigal, the 2009 Cote Rotie La a sublime wine. A dense blue/purple color is followed by aromas of blueberries, black raspberries, white chocolate, vanilla and a hint of spring flowers. The wine exhibits fabulous fruit intensity, a wonderful medium to full-bodied mouthfeel...beautiful elegance and purity."

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2006

The Wine Advocate - Jeb Dunnuck - February 28, 2017

96 Points "The 2006 Cote Rotie la Landonne is a head turner that has more depth and density than most in this charming vintage. Cured meats, toasted spices, licorice and black currant aromas and flavors all emerge from this full-bodied, concentrated Cote Rotie that has decadent amounts of fruit and plenty of sweet tannin. I'd happily drink bottles anytime over the coming 15+ years."

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2006 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - April 2009

95 points "The compelling 2006 Cote Rotie La Landonne is sensational. Gamy black cherry and black currant fruit interwoven with notions of graphite, licorice, and scorched earth aromas jump from the glass of this dense, full-bodied, rich, pure 2006. This is a stunning wine with terrific minerality as well as laser-like focus."

International Wine Cellar - Josh Raynolds - January 2008

92-94 Points "Deep ruby. Strong spiced cherry and dark berry aromas lifted by a potent cracked pepper quality. Very fresh, spicy redcurrant and bitter cherry flavors are joined on the back by exotic floral pastilles and tangy minerality. Extremely graceful wine."

International Wine Cellar - Josh Raynolds - January 2007

94-97 Points "Inky ruby. Explosively perfumed aromas of vibrant, spice-accented cherry and dark berries. Deep, powerful blackberry and cassis flavors are supported by tangy acidity and strong tannic structure. Very chewy on the palate-staining finish, which shows almost painful concentration right now. "This is all potential," notes winemaker Jacques Grange."

Wine Spectator - November 2006

“The Landonne is from a minuscule 1.2-acre parcel that includes some 80-year-old vines. It's a textbook La Landonne, with sanguine and iron notes backed by layers of opulent currant and fig fruit. Long, dark, very muscular finish with formidable tannins, it should be expansive with time.”

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2005 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - May 15, 2008

95 points "Densely layered, with nearly exotic fig, plum sauce, mocha, incense and black licorice notes. Has a dense core that will need to wait for the formidable structure to resolve itself. A powerful rendition of Côte-Rôtie. Best from 2010 through 2028."

International Wine Cellar - Josh Raynolds - January 2008

92(+?) Points "Opaque ruby. Powerfully scented aromas of red berry, kirsch, flowers and incense. Stains the palate with deep, sweet dark berry preserve flavors, becoming more tannic with air. Shuts down on the finish but there's more than a glimpse of suave, compellingly sweet dark fruit here. But it's an inscrutable black hole today, and in need of cellaring."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - April 2007

94-96 points "A 40-year wine is the 2005 Cote Rotie La Landonne. The wine is dense purple in color to the rim with a strikingly perfumed nose of blackberries, espresso roast, charcoal, and black raspberry and cassis. Striking minerality and graphite notes underlie this formidably endowed, rich, powerful wine that needs a good decade of cellaring. It should last for half a century."

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2004 Archived REVIEWS

Wine & Spirits - Tara Q. Thomas - February 2008

90 Points "From a small parcel of 100 percent syrah, this is opulent Côte Rôtie, dense and black with spice and a ferrous, almost feral minerality. The tannic grip cuts the flavors short; give it another five years to relax and lengthen into its size."

Wine Spectator - James Molesworth - May 15, 2007

93 Points "Pure and defined, with a range of aromas and flavors thats impressive for the vintage--coffee, olive, white pepper, tobacco, blackberry and currant fruit. The long finish shows nice flesh and minerality and really blossoms with air. A wine whose breed shines through the vintage. Drink now through 2012."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - April 2007

94 points "A brilliant cuvee that gets aged 36 months in 100% new oak the Cote Rotie La Landonne. The 2004 Cote Rotie La Landonne possesses scorched earth, roasted meats, smoked herbs, licorice, and sweet black raspberry and cassis flavors that jump from the glass of this deep, full-bodied Cote Rotie. The wine is rich, has good acidity, hints of black olive in the mouth, and a long, heady finish. It is approachable now but promises to be better in 3-4 years and last for 15 or more."

International Wine Cellar - Josh Raynolds - January 2007

92 Points "Medium red. Pungent violet- and lavender-accented raspberry and redcurrant aromas. Then deep and rich on the palate, with concentrated, pure cherry and blackberry flavors and a good dose of graphite and black olive. Rich for sure, but with impressive energy and focus too. Finishes with mouthwatering acidity and excellent length."

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 2003 Archived REVIEWS

The Wine Advocate - Jeb Dunnuck - April 01, 2014

95 Points "Starting with the Cote Roties, the 2003 Cote Rotie La Landonne offers up a spectacular bouquet of sweet and sour cherries, cured meats, toasted spice and smoked earth. Medium to full-bodied, rich and textured, with awesome mid-palate depth and a clean finish, it’s a rock star effort to drink over the coming decade or more. This was a brilliant showing from Delas, and across the board the wines have superb fruit and texture, with mostly youthful profiles."

Wine Spectator - J.M - May 15, 2006

96 Points "Extremely dark, with blackberry and fig fruit, but remarkably lush and pure, with mineral, coffee and mocha notes gliding along as well. All the exotic fruit notes then reverberate through the finish, where the minerality provides a suave backdrop. Drink now through 2020."

The Wine Advocate - Robert Parker - February 2006

96 Points "The blockbuster 2003 Cote Rotie La Landonne is a wine for the ages. Its dense purple hue is followed by gorgeous aromas of graphite, scorched earth, bacon fat, blackberries, blueberries, figs, and espresso roast. Deep, full-bodied, tannic, and backward, it will benefit from 4-6 years of bottle age, and should last for two decades."

International Wine Cellar - Steve Tanzer - January 2006

91 Points "Light ruby color. High-pitched, intensely floral nose offers mineral-laden scents of tangy red berries, fruity black pepper, cherry cola and licorice pastille. Chewy and firm, with vibrant red and dark berry tones on the palate. Quite fresh for the year but also boasts serious concentration and power. Finishes dusty, floral and long, with excellent thrust."

Côte-Rôtie La Landonne 1999 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - P.M. - December 15, 2002

94 Points "Very exotic wine, with incense, chestnut, smoke, black currant, iron and wet earth. Most impressive is the soft and supple texture, the full-bodied opulence and the sheer balance. Great freshness on the long, but woody and chewy, finish."

Côte-Rôtie 'La Landonne' 1998 Archived REVIEWS

Wine Spectator - P.M. - August 31, 2001

94 Points "Rich, silky, thick, complex and full-bodied. Smoke, grilled wood, black fruit, truffles, floral, cassis notes. Opulent from start to long finish. Exciting '98 from Delas. Drink now through 2015."