The 2015 vintage in the Northern Rhone is the finest in decades, long awaited and in extremely high demand. Today we are pleased to release the most famous wines of the region, in fact taken together this powerhouse trilogy has the highest scoring wines from the Wine Advocate, with 29 100-point scores, excluding the 2015s which we release today.
As one might expect, what could be the greatest modern-day vintage, combined with the greatest wine of the region has resulted in three potential perfect scoring wines.
In 1946, Étienne Guigal created the eponymously named wine house, E. Guigal. He oversaw a renaissance of the great Grand Cru appellation Côte-Rôtie, which had been almost abandoned. He built his reputation around two extraordinary Côte-Rôtie cuvees, the exquisitely structured La Landonne and the velvety, finessed La Mouline. In 1985, the polished yet boisterous La Turque was introduced, cementing the success of the house. These three wines make up the holy trinity of the Northern Rhone; La Mouline, La Landonne and La Turque are all single estate vineyards and have been collectively coined as the La Las.
In 1961, Marcel Guigal, the son of Étienne, took over the Estate and is now considered one of the greatest wine-makers in the world, unequivocally demonstrating that Côte-Rôtie must be present in the pantheon of the world’s leading wines.
In 2015, each has been awarded a score of 98-100 points from the Wine Advocate, by Jeb Dunnuck, who has since left and started his own publication. We await the bottle scores, however, the market expects three more 100 point masterpieces! Of La Landonne, Dunnuck states ‘My note for the 2015 Côte Rôtie La Landonne started with “crazy good” and included more than a few expletives as well.’ Of La Mouline, he declares it ‘tastes like press wine and is almost primordial in its jammy black and blue fruits, licorice and floral (violet) aromas and flavours.’ He concludes with La Turque, ‘fabulous notes of spiced meats, charred earth, crème brûlée and spice in a full-bodied, thick, tannic, lengthy style.’ In their history La Turque has eight 100 points scores, La Landonne 10 and La Mouline 11, the 2015s will surely add one more to each.
Perfect scoring 100 point La Las are some of the most sought-after wines in the world, yet the combined three single vineyard plots produce a meagre 1,500 cases, making them virtually unobtainable in older vintages. They each scored 100 points in 1999, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010, the perfect 100-point trinity vintages. Our release price today is £1,850 per individual case, but we can offer a special price of £5,400 for a case of each, such beauty deserves to be kept together. At £1,800 per case this offers a 10% reduction on the price of the 2009 and 2010s, which also have 100 points, as well as, a 22% reduction on the 2005s which are priced at £2,300. This is also a 30% discount to the 2003s, which trade at £2,600 and finally a 40% reduction on the 1999s, which trade on average at £3,000 a case. As can be seen from the table below, the vintage premium on the perfect trilogy years is appealing and the 2015s have plenty of upside.
The market expects 100 points scores from bottle and an uptick of around 15% in the short-term and a long term to move in line with the 1999. If you want to own what could be the greatest La Las ever, the 2015s are a must, one of the world’s greatest wine estates, in one of the greatest ever vintages.
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