"La Landonne"

Soil type

Limestone clay very rich in iron oxyde.

Grape variety

100% Syrah.

Average age of vines

About 35 years.

Winemaking

Thermoregulated stainless steel tanks. Continuous pumping over. Alcoholic fermentation/ minimum 4 week maceration..

Ageing

42 months in new oak.

Average yield

15 Hl / hectare.

Tasting

Eye : Red black with deep dark tints.
Nose : Small black fruits, liquorice and roasted notes and oriental spices. Powerful and intense aromas.
Palate : Powerful attack with important tannic structure. Rich and concentrated. Fully expressive of the terroir.
Overall : Great ageing potential, structured and concentrated with a rare intensity of flavour and colour.

Vintages 2003

 

Wine Advocate #170 - Apr 2007

Score : 100

Dense purple to the rim with a nose of graphite, creosote, earth, olives, and black, black, black fruits, the primordial, full-bodied, monumental 2003 Cote Rotie La Landonne is amazing stuff. I suspect this is more akin to a dry vintage port than most Cote Roties ever tend to be, but the purity, the richness, the texture, the length are all out of this world. This wine does need some patience on the part of its purchasers, probably five years, more likely 8-10, but then one of the world’s most compelling elixirs will be at its peak for another 20-30+ years. Drink: 2007 - 2037. Robert Parker.

 

Wine Spectator - Aug 31, 2007

Score: 98

Plush and smoky, with loads of flesh carrying black olive, fig, tobacco, currant and game notes. The broad, powerful finish shows a very roasted quality, with dark, smoky bacon and fig notes and an exotic hint of spice. This is a huge wine that only shows bits of what it will eventually offer. Best from 2010 through 2030. 500 cases made. Designation: Collectibles. James Molesworth.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 05

Score : 97-100

Deep, saturated ruby. Knockout nose combines black fruits, gunflint, iron, licorice and brown spices. Like liquid velvet in the mouth, with wild flavors of blackberry, black cherry, roast coffee, licorice and gunflint. Extremely dense and concentrated, finishing with great aromatic persistence. Stephen Tanzer.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar, Jan/Feb 06

Score : 96-98

Dense ruby color. Room-filling, pungent nose offers an almost surreal display of Cote-Rotie aromatics: fresh blackcurrant, blackberry, dark plum and cherry give way to earthier but very sweet tones of fresh tobacco, licorice candy, black cardamom, espresso and floral oils. Extremely viscous, even oily on the palate, with densely packed dark berry and floral flavors boasting great depth and thrust. Finishes with sweet but powerful tannic structure and lingering spice notes. Josh Raynolds.

 

Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar - Jan/Feb 07

Score : 95-96 

Ruby-red. Powerful, brooding blackberry and creme de cassis aromas are further deepened by suggestions of dark chocolate, espresso and tar. Huge, mouthfilling and sweet, with an amazingly dense texture and superconcentrated kirsch and blackcurrant flavors complemented by baking spices and smoked meat. The impressively long finish shows great depth and powerful tannic spine. Hands off this monster for a long, long time. Josh Raynolds.

 

Guide Bettane & Desseauve des Vins de France

Score : 19/20

Un vin plus tendu que La Mouline et La Turque. Le nez est plus floral, la bouche plus droite. C'est un vin strict, mais lui aussi promis à un magnifique avenir.  

Consumption

A garder

Serving temperature

16°C to 18°C.

Ageing potential

35 years ...

Food and wine matching

Exceptional wine, exceptional food, pheasant, partridge, hare
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