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."
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. "
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."
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."
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.'"
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."
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 Landonne...is 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."
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."
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."
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."
“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.”
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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
94 points "A brilliant cuvee that gets aged 36 months in 100% new oak barrels...is 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."
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."
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."
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."
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."
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